Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of 45 photographs by Diane Arbus, curated by acclaimed contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems. A long-time admirer of Arbus’s work, Weems has selected images spanning Arbus’s fifteen-year career, from 1956 until her death in 1971.
“There are and have been and will be an infinite number of things on earth: individuals all different, all wanting different things, all knowing different things, all loving different things, all looking different. Everything that has been on earth has been different from any other thing. That is what I love: the differentness, the uniqueness of all things and the importance of life….I see something that seems wonderful; I see the divineness in ordinary things.”
—Diane Arbus in a high-school essay on Plato, 1939
“I want to photograph the considerable ceremonies of our present because we tend while living here and now to perceive only what is random and barren and formless about it. While we regret that the present is not like the past and despair of its ever becoming the future, its innumerable inscrutable habits lie in wait for their meaning. I want to gather them, like somebody’s grandmother putting up preserves, because they will have been so beautiful…”
—Diane Arbus in her Guggenheim Fellowship application, 1963
‘But ladies, I am 76 years old.’
The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man’ now lives among the aged in Florida. But age, to Charles Atlas, does not mean being reduced to a seven-stone weakling again.’
—Headline of article by Philip Norman in Sunday Times Magazine (London), accompanied by photographs by Diane Arbus, October 19, 1969.
“For me the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture. And more complicated.”Diane Arbus
“I don’t press the shutter. The image does, and it’s like being gently clobbered.”Diane Arbus