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Ansel Adams' Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941, printed circa 1941-1942 prints whose scale fittingly depicts the grandeur of subject matter such as the Grand Tetons and Yosemite Valley. Thrillingly, Adams' most beloved image is included — Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico — notably the earliest print ever to come to market, circa 1941-1942 (estimate $700,000/$1 million). More than 100 works including prints, murals, and portfolios comprise this auction, which marks a high point by offering museum-worthy masterpieces. In fact, signature prints from the Arrington Collection have been exhibited in Ansel Adams retrospectives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; SFMOMA; Art Institute of ansel at auction A highlight of the 2020 auction season speaks to this nature-obsessed time and hails perhaps from an unlikely place. Next month, Sotheby's New York presents the collection of an independent Midland oilman that is among the most remarkable troves of Ansel Adams (1902-1984) photography in private hands. Mark Monday, December 14, for A Grand Vision: The David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Masterworks. Spanning 60 years, the Arrington Collection brings to the block both intimate, small- scale images from the 1920s (Boards and Thistles) and epic, mural-sized Chicago; Hayward Gallery, London; Kunstbibliothek, Berlin; and, closer to home, Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum of American Art. A titan among 20th-century talents, Adams' work has captured the public imagination while becoming a rallying cry for the environmental movement and a touchstone for groups such as the Sierra Club, where the photographer began as a custodian for the nonprofit's Yosemite Lodge when he was 17, going on to eventually serve on the board of directors for 37 years. Fittingly, rare editions of the 1929 and 1930 The Sierra Club Outing (estimate $50,000/$70,000 each) are included here. BY CATHerINe D. ANSpON COURTESY SOTHEBYS.COM 76

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