Irving Penn, ‘Still Life with Triangle and Red Eraser, New York’, January 23-1985, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
A true legend, Irving Penn transformed twentieth-century studio photography. Working across numerous photographic processes, diverse cultures, and distinctive subjects, each and every photograph by Penn is rendered with elegant simplicity and supreme beauty. We are delighted this season to offer an exciting selection of works by Irving Penn that pay homage to his brilliance, range, and unwavering vision. Featuring Small Trades, Vogue editorials, still-lifes, and arresting portraits, this selection spans just over 50 years of Penn’s career and includes photographs taken in New York, Paris, Cannes, Morocco, and New Guinea. Masterfully employing several photographic mediums throughout his lifetime, Penn was an exquisite printmaker, a fact reflected in the diversity of mediums on offer here, including; platinum palladium, gelatin silver, dye destruction, and Fujicolor Crystal Archive.

For additional works by Irving Penn, see lots 241, 298, 311-314, 350, and 351.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed, titled, dated and initialed in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 15.

Foresta, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, pl. 137
Penn, Passage: A Work Record, p. 255
Penn, Still Life, n.p.
Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, pl. 33
Sobieszek, The Art of Persuasion: A History of Advertising Photography, pl. 109

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

About Irving Penn

Considered one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn photographed a host of important writers, visual artists, and cultural figures in his lifetime (including Jasper Johns, Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, John Cage, Truman Capote, and Louise Bourgeois) as well as producing images for Vogue, Chanel, and other major fashion mainstays. Known for his pared-down compositional style, Penn often photographed his subjects in the natural light of the studio using minimal props; his fashion images were marked by their austerity, sophistication, and tonal subtleties. Penn also photographed workers his series “Small Trades” (1950–51), depicting laborers in New York, Paris, and London posed in work clothes and holding the tools of their trade. Caught in both black and white and color, Penn’s iconic images are known for the honesty and humanity he brought to his subjects.

American, 1917-2009, Plainfield, New Jersey, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

2016
Masters Projects, 
Brooklyn,
Irving Penn: Women, Warriors
2013
London,
Irving Penn: Cranium Architecture
2012
London,
Irving Penn: Cigarettes
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