In a career that spanned seven decades, iconic American photographer Irving Penn (1917–2009) created an enormous body of work. In this retrospective the full range of his accomplishment is seen in more than 140 photographs including early social realist images, glamorous fashion photographs, insightful portraits, still lifes, nudes, and his late work with found objects.
A master at lighting and composition, Penn’s works are characterized by technical virtuosity combined with a facility for blurring the boundaries between the world of fine art and commercial photography. Through Penn’s lens, a crushed paper cup received the same meticulous examination as an elegant model and a London chimney sweep was photographed with the same attention as the intelligentsia of the day.
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty provides a compelling overview of the work of one of the 20th century’s greats, while simultaneously reflecting on some of the century’s most enthralling personalities and exploring its social and cultural contrasts.
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE, Sakurako and William Fisher, The William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Edward Lenkin and Roselin Atzwanger, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Margery and Edgar Masinter, The Margery and Edgar Masinter Exhibitions Fund, the James F. Petersen Charitable Fund in honor of Tania and Tom Evans, The Bernie Stadiem Endowment Fund, and the Trellis Fund. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go.
ADMISSION: Free for Frick members. Non-members: $10; $8 students and seniors; $6 youth (16 and under); free for children ages 5 and under and active duty military and their immediate families.
All visitors will enjoy free admission to the exhibition on July 8, July 29 and August 19, 2017, courtesy of the Jack Buncher Foundation.
Nationally recognized contemporary artist Elise Adibi melds an interest in formal structure with an interest in exploring our connection to nature. At the Frick, this will be the basis for an installation in our greenhouse creating a living environment of plants and paintings. The inspiration for this project developed from Adibi’s frequent use of plant materials and organic matter in her studio practice. Her paintings often incorporate pigments formulated from plant oils to create a multi-sensory experience of form, color and scent. Adibi will work with the innate characteristics of the greenhouse—making use of the natural light, seasonal changes, and elevated humidity to both display and transform her artwork. Planned as a series of paintings installed to surround the viewer and coexist with the plants, Respiration Paintings explores the interconnection and intimate relationship between art, nature and people. Organized by The Frick Pittsburgh.
A 20‐page, full‐color, illustrated booklet accompanies the exhibition. It includes an introduction by Frick Executive Director Robin Nicholson, a contextual essay by Frick Chief Curator & Director of Collections Sarah Hall, and an essay by the artist. The publication is available for purchase at the Frick Museum Store. Cost: $5 ($4.50 for Frick members)
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Irving Penn, Bee, New York, 1995, printed 2001, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Irving Penn, Irving Penn: In a Cracked Mirror (A), New York, 1986, printed 1990, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Promised gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Irving Penn, Salvador Dali, New York, 1947. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Irving Penn, Frozen Foods, New York, 1977, printed 1984. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation. Copyright © The Irving Penn Foundation
Elise Adibi: Respiration Paintings. Photograph by Richard Stoner
Elise Adibi, Rose Grid, 2017
Elise Adibi, Wolf Moon Painting, 2017
Elise Adibi, Oxidation Painting, 2016
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