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Irving Penn at the Met – You Can See It From Here!

Irving Penn at the Met

“The most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of the great American photographer Irving Penn (1917–2009), this exhibition marks the centennial of the artist’s birth. Over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, and detail.”

“The exhibition follows the 2015 announcement of the landmark promised gift from The Irving Penn Foundation to The Met of more than 150 photographs by Penn, representing every period of the artist’s dynamic career with the camera.”

“The gift forms the core of the exhibition, which features more than 200 photographs by Penn, including iconic fashion studies of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, the artist’s wife; exquisite still lifes; Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru; portraits of urban laborers; female nudes; tribesmen in New Guinea; and color flower studies. The artist’s beloved portraits of cultural figures from Truman Capote, Picasso, and Colette to Ingmar Bergman and Issey Miyake are also featured. Rounding out the exhibition are photographs by Penn that entered The Met collection prior to the promised gift.” (metmuseum.org).

Fine Art in the New Media – Can You See It From Here?

This site reviews the use of the New Media by museums and other organizations to see how they meet the particular mission of making art available to everyone, everywhere.

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So while an exhibit, itself, may be “spectacular, ” we look at the question of whether you can see it from “Kansas to Kurdistan, and beyond.” On this, the Met’s presentation is excellent.

   218 Available Artworks

Under the button “Exhibition Objects,” on its website, the Met has made available 218  images from the exhibition, including such iconic images as “Dior Dress (Dorian Leigh), New York“, “The Twelve Most Photographed Models, New York,”, Covers from Vogue, “Cuzco Father and Son with Eggs,Cuzco Woman Looking Down,”, and Portraits, such as “Marlene Dietrich, New York,” Each image can be enlarged.


The answer to our question is “Yes!,” you can see it from “Kansas to Kurdistan, and beyond.” In fact, some may say it’s better than being there – you can look at each artwork as long as you want (and come back to it anytime), you may listen to the complete audio, anytime,  not just when jostling through the crowds, and there are no crowds.

More on Irving Penn

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Centennial,” an exhibition by artist Irving Penn, from April 24, 2017, through July 30, 2017.

H/T Brian Welter


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