Diane Arbus - Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Foster/White Gallery, Seattle
    The Rainier Bank Collection, Seattle
    G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle

  • Literature

    Arbus, Sussman, Phillips, Selkirk and Rosenheim, Diane Arbus: Revelations, pp. 296-297
    Aperture, Diane Arbus, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Other prints of this image are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Tate, London; National Galleries of Scotland; Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Museé des beaux-arts du Canada.

  • 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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Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection


A Flower Girl at a Wedding, Conn.

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
14 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. (36.5 x 36.8 cm)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph,' signed, titled, dated by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, estate copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 75.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $21,420

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Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection

New York Auction 7 October 2021