• 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 1

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Hell's Angel: Doug, 1967

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Hell's Angel: Doug, 1967
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1976
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '35/40', 'P 361', inscribed 'Love to Pat, Christmas 1979', Cowles Communications, Inc. credit in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the verso)
    19¾ x 20¼in. (50.5 x 51.7cm.)


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    Literature

    'The Incredibles', Iook, January 9, 1968, p. 51; Penn, Iorlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 52; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, p. 58, cat. no. 94; Penn Iassage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf/Callaway, 1991, p. 168; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 48


    Post Lot Text

    'This Hell's Angel motorcyclist writes no songs of protest. His actions, his very appearance, say all he wants to say to us. Thus, a life style becomes a statement about the world and, in a sense, a work of art. Irving Penn went to San Francisco last fall to photograph some of the people who both outrage and lure us by being what they are. Looking past current rages and entertainment, Penn placed these people in a neutral, ageless environment. His pictures, accompanied only by fragments of conversation, are addressed not just to the now but to the days to come.' (Introduction to the Look feature 'The Incredibles', January 9, 1968, p. 51)