• 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 35

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Seven Metal, Seven Bone, New York, 1980

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Seven Metal, Seven Bone, New York, 1980
    platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1981
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '8/41', 'AR 1218', inscribed 'With love to Pat for Christmas 1988' in pencil, copyright credit and edition stamps (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
    11 3/8 x 19in. (29 x 48.5cm.)

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    Irving Penn: Recent Still Life, Marlborough Gallery Inc., 1982, cat. no. 15; Foresta and Stapp, Irving Penn: Master Images, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990, cat. no. 55, p. 68; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 231; Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago Little, Brown and Co., 1997, cat. no. 123, p. 183

    Post Lot Text

    Carl Eisler, in his introduction to Irving Penn Recent Still-Life notes that the photographer's '...assemblages of abstract shapes, constructions of metal and other materials, all recall critical phases in the genesis of Cubism. These photograp[hs come close to American and European sculptors' translation of such analytic experiments from two to three dimensions.' (p. 6)