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

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  • Provenance

    Imprimatur Gallery, Minneapolis

  • Literature

    Aperture, Diane Arbus, 1972, n.p.
    Arbus, Sussman, Philips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, pp. 104–05, contact sheet p. 164
    Rosenheim, diane arbus: in the beginning, p. 257
    Nemervo, Silent Dialogues: Diane Arbus and Howard Nemerov, p. 31
    Galassi, American Photography 1890-1965 from The Museum of Modern Art, p. 243
    Green, American Photography: A Critical History 1945 to the Present, p. 119
    Kismaric, American Children: Photographs from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, p. 20

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I would never choose a subject for what it means to me. I choose a subject and then what I feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold." Diane Arbus

  • 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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Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (36.8 x 36.8 cm)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated and numbered 51/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $150,000

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016