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Exhibition guide to Irving Penn at The National Portrait Gallery, 2010

Exhibition guide to Irving Penn at The National Portrait Gallery, 2010

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Exhibition guide to Irving Penn exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery, London - 18th February - 6th June 2010

The exhibition is a survey of Penn's portraits of major cultural figures brought together from many international collections. Portraits include Truman Capote, Salvador Dalì, Marlene Dietrich, Christian Dior, T.S. Eliot, Duke Ellington, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicole Kidman, Willem de Kooning, Jessye Norman, Rudolf Nureyev, Edith Piaf, Pablo Picasso, Harold Pinter, Igor Stravinsky, and Tennessee Williams.
Also on show will be some of Penn's celebrated group portraits including the 1967 photograph Rock Groups, which captures Janis Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, alongside the Grateful Dead, and his photograph of Ellsworth Kelly, Chuck Close, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland (2002). Penn continued producing portraits well into the twenty first century and the most recent featured in the exhibition is artist Julian Schnabel (2007). The exhibition will include numerous previously unpublished or exhibited portraits including an intriguing early portrait of photographer Cecil Beaton with nude (1946), writer Harold Pinter (1962), the painter, Lee Krasner (1972), and actor Al Pacino (1995).

Exhibition curated by Magdalene Keaney, Associate Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery.

Size: 12 x 17cm
pp: 16