Sunday, 22 April 2012

Josephine's Bananas

Continuing today's theme of bananas, here's a lively Art Deco poster by Paul Colin advertising Josephine Baker, Disques Columbia, Paris (1930). It comes up for auction in Swann Galleries' New York sale of Modernist Posters on 10 May, estimated value $8,000 to $12,000 (CLICK). It's interesting that black breasts were acceptable in days when white breasts were still taboo. The BBC showed black breasts in On Safari with Armand & Michaela Denis in the 1950s and 1960s. Daring Auntie! Today boobs are on display in every newsagents, some made ridiculously large with silica gel.


At 30/4/12, Blogger Rebecca Weiss said...

Hi there, The Josephine Baker poster in Swann's upcoming sale is part of a suite of images estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, not $8,000 to $12,000.

At 30/4/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Rebecca

Thanks for the information. I got the wrong estimate from ArtDaily, not from the auction house website. ArtDaily gives an estimate below pictures it posts. I tend to use that, rather than flounder about in auction house websites, some of which are very user-unfriendly.


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