Anthology Film Archives Benefit and Auction
2 March, 2017
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Peter Hutton
Skajaftordur, 2015 and New York Portrait (Part 1), 2015

Skajaftordur, 2015

16mm 2004 colour film printed on photographic paper 

6 1/2 x 8" (16.5 x 20.3 cm)

Sheet: 13 x 19" (33 x 48.3 cm)

New York Portrait (Part 1), 2015

16mm 1975 black and white film printed on photographic paper

6 1/2 x 8" (16.5 x 20.3 cm)

Sheet: 13 x 19" (33 x 48.3 cm)

Estimate: $2,000 - 4,000

SOLD for $2,000

Courtesy of the artist

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artist biography

Peter Hutton (1944 – 2016) was an American experimental filmmaker, known primarily for his silent cinematic portraits of cities and landscapes around the world. He has taught at CalArts, Hampshire College, Harvard University and Bard College. Before becoming an artist, Hutton lived and worked on large merchant ships for a decade, which deeply affected his subtle vision. As he states, “there is a kind of culture of survival when you are out at sea, where you have to develop a kind of visual acuity to know where you are going and what’s happening.” His films convey a powerful, contemplative method of viewing the world indeed. They portray a sense of meditative timelessness, being sublimely meditative and luminously photographed. In each of them, the artist opposes a patient observation-based practice to a manipulated or staged reality.

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