A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y.

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York
    Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, 1989

  • Literature

    Aperture, Diane Arbus, p. 51
    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, pp. 300-301, p. 209 (contact sheet)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "My favorite thing is to go where I've never been. For me there's something about just going into somebody else's house... There are always two things that happen. One is recognition and the other is that it's totally peculiar. But there's some sense in which I always identify with them." -Diane Arbus

    Another print of this image is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

  • Artist Bio

    Diane Arbus

    American • 1923 - 1971

    Transgressing traditional boundaries, Diane Arbus is known for her highly desirable, groundbreaking portraiture taken primarily in the American Northeast during the late 1950s and 1960s. Famous for establishing strong personal relationships with her subjects, Arbus' evocative images capture them in varied levels of intimacy. Whether in their living rooms or on the street, their surreal beauty transcends the common distance found in documentary photography.

    Taken as a whole, Arbus' oeuvre presents the great diversity of American society — nudists, twins, babies, beauty queens and giants — while each distinct image brings the viewer into contact with an exceptional individual brought to light through Arbus' undeniable genius. 

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A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y.

1970
Gelatin silver print, from the portfolio A Box of Ten Photographs, printed by Neil Selkirk.
14 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (37.5 x 36.8 cm)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated and numbered 48/50 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

sold for $62,500

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Photographs

New York Auction 8 October 2015