Diane Arbus - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    The charismatic visionary Thomas Hoving served as Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967-1977. Known for reinvigorating the Museum, Hoving notably developed a department of Contemporary Art, and reimagined museum exhibitions to bolster visitor experience.

    Arbus’ photographs first entered the Met’s collections during Hoving’s tenure as Director, beginning a close relationship between her work and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where her archive now resides.

  • 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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Thomas Hoving on a bench, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print.
10 3/4 x 10 1/4 in. (27.3 x 26 cm)
Stamped and partially inscribed 'a diane arbus print', signed by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount. Accompanied by a letter of authentication from the Estate of Diane Arbus.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $6,250

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016