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Smithsonian American Art Museum | Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Smithsonian American Art Museum | Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Irving Penn, known for his iconic fashion, portrait and still life images that appeared in Vogue magazine, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. « Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, » the first full retrospective of Penn’s work in nearly 20 years, will celebrate his legacy as a modern master and demonstrate the photographer’s continued influence on the medium.
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Irving Penn, Bee. New York, 1995
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

23 October 2015 – 20 March 2016
Smithsonian American Art Museum | Washington, DC, USA

The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents the first US retrospective in nearly 20 years of the work of Irving Penn (1917 – 2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait and still life images that appeared in Vogue magazine.Drawn entirely from the extensive holdings of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty includes the debut of 100 photographs recently donated to the museum by The Irving Penn Foundation. Also on view for the first time will be Super 8 mm films of Penn in Morocco, made by his wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, adding a vivid picture of the artist at work.The exhibition will reveal the full expressive range of Penn’s art, featuring work from all stages of his career: street scenes from the late 1930s, photographs of the American South from the early 1940s, celebrity portraits, fashion photographs, still lifes and more private studio images.

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