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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 131

  • Catalogue Essay

    "When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations."
    John F. Kennedy

  • Artist Bio

    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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John F. Kennedy, Washington, D.C., 1960

Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, printed 1984.
14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. (37.8 x 37.8 cm)
Signed, initialed, titled, dated, annotated in ink, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, credit and edition stamps on the reverse of the mount. One from an edition of 20.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

sold for $55,000

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Caroline Deck
Head of Sale, Senior Specialist

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

New York Auction 4 October 2018