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  • Provenance

    Martin Lawrence Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Aperture, Diane Arbus: Magazine Work, p. 59
    Show, 'Mae West: Emotion in Motion', January 1965, 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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Mae West

circa 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed 1984 by Neil Selkirk.
14 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (36.8 x 36.5 cm)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, numbered 4/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $10,000

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4 April 2012
New York