• 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 19

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Three Asaro Mudmen, New Guinea, 1970

    Price Realised  


    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Three Asaro Mudmen, New Guinea, 1970
    gelatin silver print, printed 1984
    signed, initialed, titled, dated, numbered '12834' in ink, inscribed 'Merry Christmas for Pat with love' in pencil, Penn/Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps (on the reverse of the mount); one of an edition of 25
    19 x 19in. (48.8 x 48.8cm.)

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Penn, in his passion to record the human condition, has travelled the world, has photographed with an obsessive fervor the guises in which men live out their lives.
    Alexander Liberman


    Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, Grossman, 1974, p. 65; Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, cat. no. 114; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, 1984, pl. 108; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 193; Westerbeck, ed., Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago Little, Brown and Co., 1997, pl. 31, cat. no. 109, p. 80; Greenough, Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, National Gallery of Art Yale University Press, 2005, pl. 55

    Post Lot Text

    'Makehuku men from the village of Mandow near Goroka, known generally as the mud men of Asaro. They wear grey mud masks sculptured over cane frames; the masks recall a battle in which their remote ancestors, driven into a river by an enemy tribe, emerged mud-covered. Their attackers, thinking them evil spirits, turned and ran.'
    Irving Penn (Worlds in a Small Room, p. 64)