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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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