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Diane Arbus is Heading to Paris!

Jeu de Paume will be hosting the first ever major retrospective of Diane Arbus in France this coming October!

Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. 1967 Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus via jeu de paume

I might be wrong, but I believe Diane Arbus owes much of her present-day popularity to Steven Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus released in 2006. As we all know, Arbus is played by Nicole Kidman who, in this non-biopic, seemingly shoots doorknobs and stairways whilst falling in love with Lionel, a man suffering from a condition which causes him to be overly hairy, played by Robert Downey, Jr.

In real life, Diane Arbus was born in New York City on March 14, 1923. She first started photography in the early 1940s but it was not until 1955-57, while enrolled in courses taught by Lisette Model, that she began to seriously pursue photography and to produce the work for which she has become known.

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. 1966 Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus via jeu de paume

From 1960 onwards, Arbus worked intermittently as a freelance photographer for a number of magazines including Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar, doing portraits as well as photographic essays.

During the 1950s, like most of her contemporaries, she had been using a 35mm camera, but in 1962 she began working with a 6×6 Rolleiflex. The 6×6 format contributed to the refinement of her distinctive style of work: classical, formal and deceptively simple.

Teenage couple on Hudson Street, N.Y.C. 1963 Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus via jeu de paume

In 1967, her work, alongside those of two other photographers, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Although several institutions subsequently purchased examples of her work for their collections, her photographs appeared in only two other major exhibitions during her lifetime, both of them group shows.

Arbus committed suicide on July 26, 1971 at the age of forty-eight. The following year, ten photographs from her portfolio became the first work of an American photographer to be exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

Untitled (6) 1970–71 Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus via jeu de paume

In the first major retrospective in France, Jeu de Paume will be presenting a selection of two hundred photographs that explore the origins, scope, and aspirations of Arbus’ photography. The exhibition includes all of the artist’s iconic photographs as well as many that have not been previously exhibited.

The exhibition will run from October 18, 2011 to February 5, 2012 at Jeu De Paume, 1 place de la Concorde, Paris 8E.

For further info, visit: jeudepaume.org.

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