• 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 27

    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)

    Twisted Paper (SM), Neg. III, 1975

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    IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
    Twisted Paper (SM), Neg. III, 1975
    platinum-palladium print, printed 1976
    signed, titled, dated, numbered '45/69', edition annotation, inscribed 'Merry Christmas to Pat with love [heart symbol], Christmas 1976' in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the verso)
    29 7/8 x 22¼in. (76.3 x 57cm.) (sheet)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    The subjects of Irving Penn's Street Material...have been exposed not only to the elements but to the brutal indifference of urban life.... Penn...entices the viewer to examine it as if under a microscope. At this point we are introduced to a realm of highly suggestive abstract imagery abounding in the unexpected.
    Henry Geldzahler


    Literature

    Irving Penn photographs in platinum metals - images 1947-1975, Marlborough Fine Art Ltd, 1977, cat. no. 4; Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, 1991, p. 221