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IRVING PENN (1917–2009)
IRVING PENN (1917–2009)

Cigarette no. 69, New York, 1972

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IRVING PENN (1917–2009)
Cigarette no. 69, New York, 1972
platinum-palladium print, flush-mounted on aluminum, printed 1975
signed, titled and numbered '22/46' in pencil, stamped photographer's copyright credit and reproduction limitation (flush mount, verso)
image: 22 5/8 x 18½ in. (57.5 x 47 cm.)
sheet/flush mount: 26 x 22 in. (66 x 56 cm.)
This work is number twenty-two from an edition of forty-six.
Provenance
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York;
acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
John Szarkowski, Irving Penn, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1984, pl. 115.
Irving Penn, Passage: A Work Record, Alfred A. Knopf Callaway, New York, 1991, p. 207.
Colin Westerbeck (ed.), Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, 1997, pl. 11, cat. no. 115, p. 35.
Irving Penn, Still Life, Little, Brown and Co., New York, 2001, n.p.

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Lot Essay

Cigarettes is among the most defining oeuvres in Irving Penn’s extraordinary approach to still-life imagery. Picked from the streets of New York City, Penn’s subjects transcend the thoughtlessly discarded into a realm of conceptual significant, appearing as organic and monumental sculptures. The Cigarettes series also encapsulates Penn’s shift from nearly three decades of predominately editorial fashion work to more personal projects, especially with his focus here on platinum-palladium paper printing, a challenging, but exceptionally rewarding medium through which Penn brings forth astounding detail and texture in each Cigarettes photograph. Cigarettes was first exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in 1975.

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