Berlin – Diane Arbus: Retrospective at Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum Through September 23rd, 2012

September 13th, 2012

Diane Arbus – A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, N.Y.C. (1966), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

In partnership with Jeu de Paume, Paris, The Estate of Diane Arbus LLC, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, The Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum is hosting a major retrospective of the work of American Photographer Diane Arbus, including a number of previously unseen pieces.

Diane Arbus – Identical twins, Roselle, N.J. (1967), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

Diane Arbus captured and confronted a broad spectrum of American culture, from childhood to old age, from pro-war rallies to gay culture, celebrity portraits to slice of life meditations, focusing on the bustling, intertwined cultures of mid-20th century New York City. Arbus was particularly interested in “deviant” culture, photographic subjects often pushed to the margins of contemporary society. Addressing the rigid orthodoxy of post-war culture, Arbus’s work became a statement of recognition, using the photograph as a frame to address the unspoken truths of her social landscape, and bring them to life.

Diane Arbus – A very young baby, N.Y.C. (1967), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

The show consists of a selection of 200 photographs, exhibited throughout multiple rooms of the museum, as well as an extensive biographical and critical evaluation of her work, making it a stellar introduction to this icon of documentary photography. The images

Diane Arbus – Untitled 6 (1970-71), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

The exhibition is part of the ongoing Berlin Festival, and is on view until September 23rd.

Diane Arbus – Two ladies at the automat, N.Y.C. (1966), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

Diane Arbus – Boy with a straw hat waiting to march in a pro-war parade, N.Y.C. (1967), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum

—D. Creahan


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