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    Joseph Dankowski (American, 1932-2010)
    Manholes and Gutters (48 photographs), 1969-1971
    Gelatin silver
    4-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches (11.5 x 17 cm)
    Each printed with wide margins to 10 x 8 inches (25.4 x 20.3 cm) flush-mounted to black card with three holes along the left margin for a three-ring binder. Typewritten title page signed, dedicated, and dated in ink. Together with a portrait of Dankowski photographing a manhole cover on the Washington mall.

    At a time when the very existence of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is in question it seems fitting that we offer a selection of the work of Joseph Dankowski, one of the first group of recipients of an NEA grant in photography in 1971. Born in Camden, NJ, he trained as a painter and sculptor but turned to photography after moving to New York in 1958. His most well-known body of work is his 50 print set of Manholes and Gutters (1969-1971) of which an almost complete group is offered here.
    The judges for the first NEA photography grants were Van Deren Coke, John Szarkowski and Alan Fern of the Library of Congress. Of the more than 400 applications only 23 grants were given out the first year ranging from $750 to $4,000 and Dankowski was one of only four photographers to receive an award in the highest amount.
    His Manhole photographs were part of the 1978 landmark exhibition Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 at MoMA. Twenty-two of his photographs are in the MoMA permanent collection and another twelve are in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Gift from the above to the present owner, 1972.


    Condition Report*: Most of the prints show slight silver mirroring around the edges of the image and slight yellowing to the edges of the margins. In overall very good/excellent condition. Approx. 8 prints have areas of staining to the margins or yellowing to the image area and are in good condition.   
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2017
    18th-19th Thursday-Friday
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