Lot 13: Diane Bush


Sparring Mirror
1981
Silver gelatin print 16 x 20 inches
Series: Main Street
Signed verso pencil
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value
$250-$350

Diane Bush left the USA at age 18 with a draft-dodger to escape the Nixon Era. She studied photography and lived in the UK for 10 years before returning to Buffalo to help with aging parents. Once back in Buffalo, she gained her Masters Degree in Fine Art from SUNY at Buffalo, married, and worked as a staff photographer for local TV, ran the Photo Department at Villa Maria College, and established a public art non-profit in the Theater District. In 1997 she and her art collaborator- husband, Steven Baskin, moved to Las Vegas for warmer weather and new art challenges. In 2005 her monograph WARHEADS was published. This year it has been acquired by the Tate Modern for its permanent collection, along with her earlier publication, Down Wapping.

STATEMENT: MAIN STREET was the 1981 thesis project for my Masters Degree. My theory that Buffalonians would someday treasure these gritty glimpses into the pre-gentrification of downtown Buffalo, are finally being upheld, 40 years later. This image was not shown as part of the original series, but a few years ago it was chosen by CENTER, Santa Fe, for a series on “light.”


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