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PublishedJune 17, 2017 at 08:57pm
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Irving Penn

Resonance – Photographs from the Pinault CollectionFotografiska, Photography, Stockholm, Sweden
Friday June 16, 2017 - Sunday October 1, 2017 - Event ended.

On the centenary of Irving Penn’s birth, Fotografiska presents a generous selection of Penn’s work in the exhibition Resonance – Photographs from the Pinault Collection curated by Pierre Apraxine and Matthieu Humery, organized by Johan Vikner, Exhibition Coordinator at Fotografiska in collaboration with the Pinault Collection and Palazzo Grassi, Venice.

© Photo: Lion (Front View), Prague, 1986 / © The Irving Penn Foundation
© The Irving Penn Foundation
Cigarette No. 34, New York, 1972 Platinum/palladium print Edition of 18 © by The Irving Penn Foundation
Salvador Dalí (1 of 3), New York, 1947 Gelatin silver print © The Irving Penn Foundation
IRVING PENN Cuzco Children, 1948 Platinum palladium print mounted to aluminum c. 48 x 52 cm Edition of 60 © Condé Nast Publications
IRVING PENN Guedras in the Wind, Morocco 1971 Platinum palladium print mounted to aluminum c. 44,5 x 44,5 cm Edition of 32 © The Irving Penn Foundation
Lot 1098 Irving Penn (1917 New Jersey, USA - 2009 New York, USA). “Picasso“. 1957. Vintage. Gelatinesilberabzug vor 1960. Originalrückkarton. 33,1 x 33,2cm
Irving Penn Miles Davis, Tutu, 1986 © Warner Bros. Records
IRVING PENN (1917–2009) ‘Woman in Chicken Hat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn)’, New York 1949 Vintage silver print, mounted on original cardboard 42,0 x 39,8 cm (16.5 x 15.7 in)
Man Lighting Girl's Cigarette (Jean Patchett), New York, 1949 Platinum-palladium print © Condé Nast
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“As one of the most celebrated and influential photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn wielded an enduring influence on the development of the medium with his classic portraits and carefully arranged still lifes. A master of light and composition, Penn allowed each subject and object to play the lead against a simple background, each one a nucleus of equal importance. Detailed studies of everyday objects such as cigarette butts, paper cups or pieces of bone were portrayed with the same perfect harmony as haute couture, super models and ordinary workers,” Johan Vikner, Exhibition Coordinator at Fotografiska says.

Resonance is a journey through Irving Penn’s imagery from the late 1940s to the mid-1990s and depicts various elements of Penn’s oeuvre. A portrayer of every aspect of life and events who saw beauty in a pure composition, his photographs continue to intrigue and beguile viewers all over the world. One of them is François Pinault who was deeply touched when he first saw the series of the children in Cuzco and had the opportunity to acquire a work. Curator Matthieu Humery explains that this was a first step in the creation of one of the most prominent private Penn collections in the world.

“Irving Penn’s work never ceases to amaze and it is with tremendous pleasure we pursue this collaboration with Fotografiska and embrace the opportunity to reach a large audience,” Matthieu Humery says.

Much of Penn’s work is characterized by a fascination with the different stages of life, and its inevitable end – death. With this exhibition on the centenary of his birth we are proud to be able to celebrate one of the world’s most prominent photographers.

Footnote: The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Pinault Collection and Palazzo Grassi, Venice.


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