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Diane Arbus: A Box of Ten Photographs

The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination and I think it’s true. I would never choose a subject for what it means to me or what I think about it. You’ve just got to choose a subject, and what you feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold if you just plain choose a subject and do it enough.—Diane Arbus

Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition A Box of Ten Photographs. This rare portfolio was one of the last projects Arbus was working on at the time of her death in 1971.

A Box of Ten Photographs is comprised of ten images the artist felt best represented her photographic achievement. The images, many of which have come to be regarded as icons within the history of late twentieth-century photography, include Identical twins, Roselle, N.J., 1967, A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday outing, N.Y.C.,1966, Boy with a straw hat waiting to march in a pro-war parade, N.Y.C., 1967, and A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970.  At the time of Arbus’s death, she had completed only a small number of portfolios and had been able to sell no more than four complete sets (interestingly, among the few purchasers were Jasper Johns and Richard Avedon). Fraenkel Gallery recently acquired this specific set from the artist’s husband, Allan Arbus.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Lee Friedlander: The Little Screens and Garry Winogrand: Public Relations.