• 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 32

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Hell's Angels, San Francisco, 1967

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Hell's Angels, San Francisco, 1967
    gelatin silver print, printed 1984
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '7586' in ink, inscribed 'To Pat Merry Christmas' in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the mount); one from an edition of 20
    19½ x 22 7/8in. (49.8 x 58.6cm.)

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    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 51; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 142; Foresta and Stapp, Irving Penn: Master Images, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, cat. no. 97, p. 133; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 167; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 49

    Post Lot Text

    From the series of Penn's portraits of members of San Francisco's counter-cultural scene that were first published in a dedicated feature in Look, January 9 1968. This group was titled 'The Outrageous'. One of the subjects is quoted: 'There's only one thing that really means anything to me and that's the Hell's Angel patch I wear. I can get me anything else - a new bike, a new old lady or money - but I can't get me another patch.... My brothers - that's my whole life. My brothers. It's all I've got.'