"TB Ward, Statue of Liberty, Island #3, 1998," an original Cibachrome Print by photographer Stephen Wilkes, is a piece for the true collector. Impressively vivid emotion and detail projects from the work, highlighting Wilkes' exceptional talent at
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“TB Ward, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island” Cibachrome Print by Stephen Wilkes

1998

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"TB Ward, Statue of Liberty, Island #3, 1998," an original Cibachrome Print by photographer Stephen Wilkes, is a piece for the true collector. Impressively vivid emotion and detail projects from the work, highlighting Wilkes' exceptional talent at capturing the essence of his subjects. In this particular example, you will notice the subtle, but unmistakable reflection of the Statue of Liberty in the mirror above the sink – the view unchanged as you travel back in time. This fine work of art would make a great addition to an art collection and enhance most any home, perfect for those who have an affinity for color photography, New York, Ellis Island, American history, and architecture. This work is #2 from a small authorized edition of 50, although only 16 were produced. From 1998-2003, Wilkes had free reign of the hospital complex that comprises the south side of Ellis Island. Neglected for nearly fifty years, the buildings were in an extreme state of disrepair: lead paint peeled from the ceilings and walls of rooms, vines and trees grew through the floorboards of once-cramped wards, detritus and debris littered the hallways. In spaces long abandoned, Wilkes manages to capture undeniable evidence of life. His is an alternate and breathtaking vision of this gateway to freedom. And through his artwork, Wilkes inspired and eventually helped raise six million dollars in funding towards the restoration of the south side of the island. In Wilkes’ own words, “I became infected by the beauty, the sense of humanity in the rooms, the light…In a really strange way, I felt like I was chosen to document it.” In a review of one of Wilkes’ Ellis Island exhibitions, critic Margaret Loke of The New York Times wrote, “Each of the rooms that he photographs with care seems to have its own luxurious color scheme. Mr. Wilkes sees pleasing palettes of impressionism in walls and ceilings of peeling paint.” Leah Ollman of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Stephen Wilkes’ photographs of an abandoned section of Ellis Island are significant documents of a historical site. Strange as it may sound, they also succeed as spirit photographs, records of absent souls. The desolate corridors and vacant rooms in Wilkes’ pictures are indeed haunted – and not by just any ghosts, but by our ghosts, the ghost of our ancestors.” You can find our other offerings by clicking on the "View All From Seller" button below or you can contact us for a direct link. Artist: STEPHEN WILKES (1957-) Title: TB WARD, STATUE OF LIBERTY, ISLAND #3, 1998 Medium & Surface: CIBACHROME (AKA ILFOCHROME) PRINT (framed) Signed/Numbered: HAND-SIGNED AND NUMBERED ON VERSO Number: 2 OF 50, HOWEVER, ONLY 16 HAVE BEEN PRODUCED TO DATE Year Created: 1998 Country of Creation: UNITED STATES Image Area Dimensions: 17.625 x 22.625 INCHES Cibachrome Print Dimensions: 20 x 24 INCHES Frame Dimensions:* 28.375 x 33.375 x 0.75 INCHES *This work of art is being sold in its original frame. If you would like to change the frame to better match your style or environment, please contact us for Custom Archival Framing options. Additional Info: HIGHLY COLLECTIBLE WORK BY STEPHEN WILKES – #2 IN A VERY SMALL STATED EDITION SIZE OF 50 –ONLY 16 WERE CREATED TO DATE Provenance: SOHO TRIAD FINE ARTS, NEW YORK, 2001 Artist Info/Bio: ARTIST BIOGRAPHY DOCUMENT IS INCLUDED Documentation: CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY BY CALIFORNIA FINE ART BROKERS IS INCLUDED A piece for the true collector. Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work. His photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Dow Jones Collection, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Jewish Museum of NY, Library of Congress, Snite Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Museum of the City of New York, 9/11 Memorial Museum and numerous private collections. His editorial work has appeared in, and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others. Wilkes’ early career interpretations of Mainland China, California’s Highway One, and impressionistic “Burned Objects” set the tone for a series of career-defining projects that catapulted him to the top of the photographic landscape. In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic study of the island’s long abandoned medical wards where immigrants were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video, Wilkes helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. A monograph based on the work, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, was published in 2006 and was named one of TIME magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of the Year. The work was also featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning. In 2000, Epson America commissioned Wilkes to create a millennial portrait of the United States, “America In Detail,” a 52-day odyssey that was exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Day to Night, Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours, capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was recently extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary and Bird Migration for the 2018 Year of the Bird. Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes was exhibited at the National Geographic Museum in February 2018. Day to Night was published by TASCHEN as a monograph in 2019. The book is available as an XXL Edition and an Art Edition, the latter including one of two fine art prints from the Day to Night series. Wilkes’ work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change. He was commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography to revisit New Orleans in 2013 after documenting Hurricane Katrina for the World Monuments Fund. And, his images were exhibited with his photographs on Hurricane Sandy in the 2014 Sink or Swim, Designing for a Sea of Change exhibition. Wilkes directorial debut, the documentary film, Jay Myself, world premiered to a sold out crowd at DOCNYC November 11, 2018. The film is an in depth look into the world of photographer Jay Maisel and his move out of his 35,000 sq. foot building at 190 Bowery. Wilkes was a speaker at the TED2016: Dream Conference on his Day to Night series. In 2017 Wilkes was commissioned by the US Embassy, Ottawa to create a Day to Night photograph of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Despite his intense dedication to personal projects, Wilkes continues to shoot advertising campaigns for the world’s leading agencies and corporations, including: Netflix, OppenheimerFunds, SAP, IBM, Capital One, The New Yorker, Johnson & Johnson, DHL, American Express, Nike, Sony, Verizon, IBM, AT&T, Rolex, Honda. Wilkes’ extensive awards and honors include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, Photographer of the Year from Adweek Magazine, Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2004 Lucie Award, TIME Magazine Top 10 Photographs of 2012, Sony World Photography Professional Award 2012, Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award 2012 and Prix Pictet, Consumption 2014. His board affiliations include the Advisory Board of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications; Save Ellis Island Board of Directors, on which he served for 5 years; and the Goldring Arts Journalism Board. Wilkes was born in 1957 in New York. He received his BS in photography from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a minor in business management from the Whitman School of Management in 1980. Wilkes, who lives and maintains his studio in Westport, CT, is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York; Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles; Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe; Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach; Artitled Contemporary in The Netherlands and ProjectB Gallery in Milan.

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  • Condition Details
    Work is in great condition in its original frame and ready to hang. Frame shows minor signs of wear consistent with age. If you would like to change the frame to better match your environment, please contact us for Custom Archival Framing options.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 33.375 in. x W 28.375 in. x D .75 in.H 84.78 cm x W 72.08 cm x D 1.91 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU94534883622
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