Diane Arbus - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 1, 2009 | Phillips
  • Literature

    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, p. 66; Aperture, Diane Arbus, n.p.

  • 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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Mexican dwarf in his hotel room, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print, printed 1974 by Neil Selkirk.
14 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (36.8 x 36.2 cm).
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph,' signed, titled, dated, numbered 49/50 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit, reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 


1 April 2009, 10am & 2pm
New York