Diane Arbus, ‘Thomas Hoving on a bench, N.Y.C.’, 1967, Phillips

An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel

The charismatic visionary Thomas Hoving served as Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1967-1977. Known for reinvigorating the Museum, Hoving notably developed a department of Contemporary Art, and reimagined museum exhibitions to bolster visitor experience.

Arbus’ photographs first entered the Met’s collections during Hoving’s tenure as Director, beginning a close relationship between her work and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where her archive now resides.
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Signature: Stamped and partially inscribed 'a diane arbus print', signed by Doon Arbus, Executor, in ink, copyright credit and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. Accompanied by a letter of authentication from the Estate of Diane Arbus.

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About Diane Arbus

American photographer Diane Arbus is famous for her poignant portraits of individuals on the margins of society, such as street people, transvestites, nudists, and carnival performers. Arbus’s work is highly controversial, eliciting in some viewers an overwhelming sense of compassion, while others find her images bizarre and disturbing. Her practice challenged established conventions dictating the distance between photographer and subject, resulting in the raw psychological intensity that characterizes her photographic portraiture.

American, 1923-1971, New York, New York