Irving Penn - A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw New York Thursday, October 4, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 234
    Szarkowski, Irving Penn, pl. 146

  • Catalogue Essay

    "What keeps hearts from falseness in this flat region
    is that there is nowhere to hide and plenty of room for vision. Only sound needs echo and dreads its lack.
    A glance is accustomed to no glance back."
    Brodsky, A Part of Speech

  • Artist Biography

    Irving Penn

    American • 1917 - 2009

    Arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco.

    Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects. Working across several photographic mediums, Penn was a master printmaker. Regardless of the subject, each and every piece is rendered with supreme beauty. 

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Joseph Brodsky, New York, Jan. 7, 1980

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print.
14 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (36.5 x 36.2 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, numbered, annotated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 14.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $32,500

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A Constant Pursuit: Photographs from the Collection of Ed Cohen & Victoria Shaw

New York Auction 4 October 2018