DIANE ARBUS

EXHIBITION Apr 4 — Sep 1, 2012

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (8), 1970-1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,5 x 35,9 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (17), 1970-1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37 x 37,7 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

James Brown at home in curlers, Queens, N.Y., 1966

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,1 x 36,5 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Miss Venice beach contest, CAL., 1962

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1962

15,6 x 22,7 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Four people at a gallery opening, N.Y.C., 1968

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,9 x 36,8 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A woman with her baby monkey, N.J., 1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,1 x 37,5 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Patriotic young man with a flag, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37 x 37,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Transvestite at a drag ball, N.Y.C., 1970

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,4 x 37,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Lady at a masked ball with two roses on her dress, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,7 x 37,4 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A woman in a bird mask, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,6 x 37,1 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A Woman with pearl necklace and earrings, N.Y.C., 1966

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,7 x 36,5 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark, N.Y.C., 1965

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,6 x 36,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Woman with a veil on Fifth Avenue, N.Y.C., 1968

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,9 x 37,3 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Woman with a locket in Washington Square Park, N.Y.C., 1965

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,1 x 36,9 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Mrs. T. Charlton Henry on a couch in her Chestnut Hill home, Philadelphia, PA, 1965

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,6 x 35,8 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Two men dancing at a drag ball, N.Y.C., 1970

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,7 x 37,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C., 1966

gelatin silver print, printed ca. 1966

23,5 x 21,4 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Seated man in a bra and stockings, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,6 x 37,3 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Two boys smoking in Central Park, N.Y.C., 1962

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,3 x 36,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (13), 1970-1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,1 x 37 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (6), 1970-71

gelatin silver print, produced by the artist's estate, printed by Neil Selkirk

39 x 38,5 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Masked woman in a wheelchair, PA, 1970

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,7 x 36,9 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (14), 1970-1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,3 x 37,3 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A family one evening in a nudist camp, PA, 1965

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,6 x 37,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Man dancing with a large woman, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,3 x 36,6 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Masked man at a ball, N.Y.C., 1967

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,2 x 37 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Lady in a tiara at a ball, N.Y.C., 1963

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,8 x 36,8 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A house on a hill, Hollywood, Cal., 1962

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

35,9 x 37,2 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Valentino look-alike at an audition, N.Y.C., 1963

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,1 x 36,9 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Untitled (25), 1970-1971

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,8 x 37 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Russian midget friends in a living room on 100th Street, N.Y.C., 1963

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

35,7 x 36,1 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

The albino sword swallower and her sister, MD, 1970

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

36,4 x 36,5 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

Transvestite at her birthday party, N.Y.C., 1969

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37,7 x 37,1 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

DIANE ARBUS (1923–1971)

A Puerto Rican housewife, N.Y.C., 1963

gelatin silver print, printed later by Neil Selkirk

37 x 36,7 cm

© The Estate of Diane Arbus / Courtesy Kicken Berlin

Kicken Berlin will be exhibiting a small selection of work by Diane Arbus in the early summer of 2012. The comprehensive show of some thirty prints is being mounted in collaboration with the Robert Miller Gallery of New York. Kicken considers Diane Arbus’s work seminal to photography in the second half of the twentieth century; no other photographer approached her subjects so directly or openly. Arbus’s portraits are characterized by her fascination and wonderment with those unique phenomena of everyday life, which she captured on her “vertical journey” through American society between the late 1950s and early 1970s.
The exhibited works reflect the photographer’s mandate to study people, their actions and comportment, in the most diverse public and private spaces. This includes life on the street and in public parks, where so many different people encounter one another. The dramatic Puerto Rican Woman with a Beauty Mark and Woman with a Veil on Fifth Avenue are just as much a part of the body of work as a woman on a park bench – Woman with a Locket in Washington Square Park – or the smoking boys in Central Park. While these people show their everyday faces, the subjects at any number of social events and amusements such as at art openings, balls, parties, fairs, and even very simple gatherings of friends in private apartments emanate a representative or even glamorous air – but upon closer observation seem almost fragile: Lady in a Tiara at a Ball, Four People at a Gallery Opening, A Woman in a Bird Mask, and Four Russian Midget Friends in Living Room. Images such as A Castle at Disney Land, A House on a Hill, Hollywood, and of funk legend James Brown at Home in Curlers depict the life of the stage – and grant a look behind the scenes. The figure of the transvestite, in its many different manifestations such as in Seated Man in Bra and Stockings or Transvestite at a Drag Ball, brings questions of representation and self-image to a head.