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, 2011

    • Literature

      E. Sussman & S. Phillips, Diane Arbus: Revelations, London: Jonathan Cape, 2003, p. 351

    • 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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A woman passing on the street, N.Y.C.

Gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk.
38 x 31.4 cm (14 7/8 x 12 3/8 in.)
Stamped 'A Diane Arbus photograph', signed, titled, dated, numbered 8/75 by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, estate copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

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£6,000 - 8,000 

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London Auction 19 May 2023