New Acquisitions

Selected works by Irving Penn

art/001.cfm art/002.cfm art/003.cfm art/004.cfm art/005.cfm art/006.cfm art/007.cfm art/008.cfm art/009.cfm

In 2013, the museum acquired 100 photographs by the legendary photographer Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the most celebrated photographers of the twentieth century. Penn is best known for the spare, elegant style he applied to the fashion, still-life, and portrait photographs he produced for Vogue in the 1950s. His aesthetic and technical skill earned him accolades in both the artistic and commercial worlds throughout his career.

The 100 photographs given to the museum by The Irving Penn Foundation include rare street photographs from the late 1930s and 1940s, most of which are unpublished; images of post-war Europe; iconic portraits of figures such as Agnes de Mille, Langston Hughes, and Truman Capote; color photographs made for magazine editorials and commercial advertising; self-portraits; and some of Penn's most recognizable fashion and still-life photographs. All the prints were made during the artist's lifetime and personally approved by him.

Through the acquisition of these photographs, the museum's collection represents the full spectrum of this major artist's career. To celebrate this important acquisition, the museum is organizing an exhibition that will open in 2015.

We hope you enjoy this slide show of selected works from the gift. If you are interested in the museum's photography program, please sign-up for our email news.

Give us your Comments:

We want to hear your opinion. What do you think of the Irving Penn Collection?

All comments are moderated so there may be a delay in seeing your comment published. There is no need to re-post it.