Diane Arbus - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Aperture, Diane Arbus, n.p.
    Aperture, Diane Arbus: Magazine Work, p. 146
    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, p. 247
    Green, American Photography: A Critical History 1945-Present, p. 196
    The Museum of Modern Art, Diane Arbus, n.p.
    Lee and Pultz, Diane Arbus: Family Albums, pl. 20
    Weski and Dexter, Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th-Century Photograph, pp. 235 and 256
    Weski and Liesbrock, How You Look At It: Photographs of the 20th Century, p. 288
    Esquire, May 1971, p. 11
    New York Times Magazine, 5 November 5 1972, p. 38

  • Catalogue Essay

    Please reference the beginning of the afternoon session (lot 140) for an essay on this collection.

  • 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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King and Queen of a senior citizens' dance, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print.
15 3/4 x 15 1/4 in. (40 x 38.7 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 Certificate of Authenticity from the Estate of Diane Arbus.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $161,000

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013