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    Sale 1985

    Photographs

    11 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 409

    DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)

    Two female impersonators at a dressing table, N.Y.C., 1962

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    DIANE ARBUS (1923-1971)
    Two female impersonators at a dressing table, N.Y.C., 1962
    gelatin silver print, printed between 1962-1966
    signed, numbered '#1200-8-OU-114c' in ink by Doon Arbus, Administrator, and Estate copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps (on the verso); accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, signed by Doon Arbus
    9 1/8 x 8 7/8in. (23.1 x 22.4cm.)


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    Arbus began photographing the subject of female impersonators in 1958, one that continued for years. In October, 1964, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired seven Arbus prints, one a portrait of a female impersonator.

    "The female impersonators are the real examples of playing a single role because each one forms only one kind of woman which has precious little to do with the kind of man they look like and you cant see one behind the other. It looks like a leap into a new doom." (Diane Arbus, Postcard to Marvin Israel, March 17, 1960, in Diane Arbus Revelations, Random House, 2003, p. 147)

    Provenance

    From Lincoln Kirstein; to Robert Chapman;
    by bequest to the present owner