Diane Arbus - Under the Influence New York Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Diane Arbus, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Museum of Modern Art, Diane Arbus, November 7, 1972 - January 21, 1973 (another example exhibited)
    San Francisco, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Diane Arbus: Revelations, October 25, 2003 - February 08, 2004, then travelled to Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (February 29 - May 30, 2004), Houston, Museum of Fine Arts (June 27 - August 29, 2004), New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art (March 8 - May 30, 2005), Essen, Museum Folkwang (June 17 - September 18, 2005), London, Victoria & Albert Museum (October 13, 2005 – January 15, 2006), Barcelona, Fundació la Caixa (February 15 - May 14, 2006), Minneapolis, Walker Art Centre (July 9 - October 8, 2006) (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    D. Arbus, M. Israel, eds., Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, New York: Aperture Foundation, 1972, n.p.
    D. Arbus, S.S. Phillips, N. Selkirk, Diane Arbus Revelations, exh. cat., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2003, pp. 43 and 324 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    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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Girl with a cigar in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C.

gelatin silver print
image 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (36.8 x 36.8 cm.)
sheet 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)

Stamped "A Diane Arbus photograph" signed, titled, numbered and dated "GIRL WITH A CIGAR IN WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, N.Y.C. 1965, 5/75, Doon Arbus" Executor; further stamped with copyright credit reproduction limitation on the reverse. This work is number 5 from an edition of 75.

$7,000 - 10,000 

Sold for $11,250

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Under the Influence

New York Auction 4 March 2015 11am