Diane Arbus - Photographs London Friday, May 19, 2023 | Phillips
  • This work is part of a curated selection of five exceptional portraits of women by Arbus (lots 22-26) from an Important Collection, UK.

    • Provenance

      Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, 2009

    • Literature

      E. Sussman & S. Phillips, Diane Arbus: Revelations, London: Jonathan Cape, 2003, p. 84, 184
      Women Artists: Elles at Centre Pompidou, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2009, p. 45
      Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, New York: Aperture, 2012, n.p.
      E. Respini, Cindy Sherman, New York: MoMA, 2012, p. 74
      S. Hermanson Meister, Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents 1967, New York: MoMA, 2017, p. 32, 56, 135

    • 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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Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
37.6 x 37.6 cm (14 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus Photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered 72/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, estate copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

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£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £8,890

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London Auction 19 May 2023