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    Sale 2113

    Photographs From The Collection Of Gert Elfering

    10 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 110

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)

    12 Hands of Miles Davis and His Trumpet, New York, July 1 1986

    Price Realised  

    IRVING PENN (B. 1917)
    12 Hands of Miles Davis and His Trumpet, New York, July 1 1986
    gelatin silver print, printed 1998
    signed, initialed, titled, dated in pencil, copyright credit, reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso); from an edition of 17
    sheet 23 5/8 x 18½in. (60 x 47cm.)


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    'Consistent, controlled, and confident -- not scattered or tentative -- Irving Penn's contact sheets show not just that he is meticulous and thorough, but, more significantly, that he has a clear understanding of what he wants to achieve long before he picks up the camera. Yet, while he is more cerebral than intuitive, more thoughtful than spontaneous, Penn, as is evidenced in all his work, has a profound respect for the people and things in front of his camera. As Miles Davis fingers the notes of an imaginary riff, Irving Penn seeks and finds his own harmony, seamlessly blending the musician's individuality into his own elegant and lucid vision.' Sarah Greenough (Irving Penn New and Unseen Process, Pace/MacGill Gallery, 1999, p. 10)

    Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York


    Literature

    Penn, New and Unseen Process, Pace MacGill Gallery, 1999, p. 11.