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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artist

  • Literature

    'The American Art Scene', Harper's Bazaar, January 1965, p. 82

  • Catalogue Essay

    Marvin Israel championed Diane Arbus acting as a mentor, colleague, and friend. On her work, he once commented, “she was entranced by differences, the minute variations. That from the beginning nothing, no two rooms, no two beds, no two bodies or any parts of them were ever the same. Finding those differences thrilled her, from the most glaring ones like a giant to the smallest ones that just barely make someone unique.”

    Notably, Israel worked closely with Arbus on the development of A Box of Ten Photographs, coming up with the then innovative design of a Plexiglas box that could act as either a case or a frame for any of the prints to be displayed.

    Israel also preceded Ruth Ansel at Harper’s Bazaar, serving as Art Director from 1961-1963.

  • 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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An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel

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Marvin Israel

1960s
Gelatin silver print.
11 x 10 1/2 in. (27.9 x 26.7 cm)
Stamped 'a diane arbus print', signed by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

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