Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce its worldwide representation of the Family Estate of August Sander in collaboration with the artist’s great grandson Julian Sander of Galerie Julian Sander, Cologne. August Sander’s encyclopedic magnum opus, ‘People of the 20th Century,’ constitutes one of the most monumental endeavors in photographic history. Over the course of a career spanning six decades and tens of thousands of negatives, Sander created a nuanced sociological portrait of Germany comprising images of its populace, as well as its urban settings and dramatic landscapes. Working in a conceptually rigorous fashion, he pioneered a precise, unembellished photographic aesthetic that was formative to the establishment of the medium’s independence from painting and presaged conceptual art. Sander’s oeuvre has served as a wellspring of inspiration for modern and contemporary photographers, from Walker Evans and Diane Arbus, to Tina Barney, Rineke Dijkstra, and Bernd and Hilla Becher, and has exerted a profound influence upon new generations of visual artists across mediums.
A significant selection of photographs from Sanders’ portfolio ‘People Who Came to My Door’ forms the heart of the gallery’s group exhibition ‘Serialities,’ on view in New York from 18 February through 8 April 2017.
Image: Gunther Sander, August Sander in Kuchhausen, 1956 / 1958
© Galerie Julian Sander, Cologne