• Three Decades with Irving Penn auction at Christies

    Sale 2397

    Three Decades with Irving Penn: Photographs from the Collection of Patricia McCabe

    14 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    2 Guedras, 1972

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    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    2 Guedras, 1972
    platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1977
    signed, titled, dated, numbered '33/40', '1324', inscribed 'For Pat McCabe, Christmas 1974 (substituted 3/78 for previous print)' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
    21 1/8 x 17 1/8in. (54 x 43.4cm.)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Guedra dancers of Goulimine. It is said that the dance has its roots in a very ancient cultural ceremony, a symbolism that has been lost in time. Those chosen sat, eyes fixed on the lens, enjoying the camera's scrutiny yet themselves impenetrable, unhurried during the considerable time we spent together.
    Irving Penn


    Literature

    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 83, cover and frontispiece; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, cat. no. 110; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 94; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 199; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 61