Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus (1923–1971) was one of the most original and influential artists of the twentieth century. She studied photography with Berenice Abbott, Alexey Brodovitch, and Lisette Model, and her first published photographs appeared in Esquire in 1960. In 1963 and 1966 she was awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, and was one of three photographers whose work was the focus of New Documents, John Szarkowski’s landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967. A year after her death, her work was selected for inclusion in the Venice Biennale—the first work of an American photographer to be so honored. The Museum of Modern Art hosted a major retrospective that traveled throughout the United States and Canada from 1972 to 1975. A larger full scale retrospective, Diane Arbus Revelations, was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2003 and traveled to museums in the United States and Europe through 2006. A major European retrospective of Arbus’ work opened at the Jeu de Paume, Paris in October 2011 and traveled to Winterthur, Berlin and Amsterdam through 2013. More recently, Arbus’ early work was the focus of Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Notable monographs on the artist’s work include Diane Arbus (1972); Magazine Work (1984); Untitled (1995); Diane Arbus Revelations (2003); Diane Arbus: A Chronology (2011), and In the Beginning (2016).


Diane Arbus Installation

May 2, 2017


Selected Press

Mashable | 1962-1971: Diane Arbus In The Park

May 23, 2017

Diane Arbus received her first camera as a honeymoon gift from her husband, with whom she ran a successful …

The New York Review of Books | The Art of Difference

May 15, 2017

In the mid-1990s, when The New Yorker’s offices were a stone’s throw from the main branch of the …

Galerie | 8 Must-See Art and Design Exhibitions in May

May 10, 2017

A slew of dynamic exhibitions fill galleries across New York City this May. From a revisitation of a …

Blouin Artinfo | Diane Arbus at Lévy Gorvy, New York

May 9, 2017

The exhibition presents works by American photographer and writer Diane Arbus (1923-1971), focussing …

The Guardian | Diane Arbus: portraits in New York City parks – in pictures

May 4, 2017

A new exhibition at Lévy Gorvy in New York focuses on early portraits by Diane Arbus shot in Central …

Vice | Diane Arbus's surreal photos of strange encounters in nyc parks

May 3, 2017

Soon after quitting commercial photography in 1956, Diane Arbus started doing what any New Yorker fresh …

Artdaily | First exhibition to focus solely on Arbus’ photographs made in Central Park opens in New York

May 2, 2017

Lévy Gorvy announces the exhibition Diane Arbus: In the Park, on view in New York beginning May 2. The …

New York Magazine | 9 Rarely Seen New York Moments, Captured by Diane Arbus

May 2, 2017

In the 1940s and ’50s, as a newlywed fashion photographer collaborating with her husband, Diane Arbus …

Financial Times | Rare and unseen Diane Arbus photographs go on show in New York

April 29, 2017

Images being shown for the first time will feature alongside some of the photographer’s most famous …

Artsy | The 25 Shows You Need to See during Frieze Week

April 27, 2017

Frieze Week is much more than the sprawling fair on Randall’s Island—it’s a wealth of gallery and …

Artsy | The 25 Shows You Need to See during Frieze Week

April 27, 2017

Always on the look-out for spirited characters and visual intrigue, Arbus often shot photographs in New …

More Information


Specializing in Works By