Diane Arbus - Photographs Day Sale New York Thursday, April 2, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Aperture, Diane Arbus: Magazine Work, p. 66
    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, p. 172
    Lee and Pultz, Diane Arbus: Family Albums, fig. 11
    Esquire, "Family Colloquies", July 1965

  • 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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Jayne Mansfield Climber-Ottaviano, actress, with her daughter Jayne Marie, L.A., C.A.

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
9 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (24.1 x 23.5 cm)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, annotated 'Familial Colloquies Esquire July 1965' and numbered 33/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $8,125

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Photographs Day Sale

New York 2 April 2015 10am & 2pm