Diane Arbus - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist; Private Collection, Fort Lauderdale

  • Literature

    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, p. 302 for a variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    After meeting the feminist Germaine Greer for a New Woman photoshoot in New York, Diane Arbus wrote to an acquaintance, 'The best thing is her [Greer's] amazing dynamics she is bold fisty funny outrageous radiant silly all sorts of things'. The photograph being offered is of the same shoot, taken just after Greer's rise to notoriety as author of The Female Eunuch, a text integral to the feminist movement of the 1970s.

  • 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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Germaine Greer, NYC

Gelatin silver print.
9 3/4 x 9 5/8 in. (24.8 x 24.4 cm).
Stamped 'a diane arbus print', signed by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity from the Estate of Diane Arbus.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $11,250


4 October 2011
New York