Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

13 February–6 May 2019

Exhibition Overview

Diane Arbus, Kid in a hooded jacket aiming a gun, N.Y.C, 1957

Diane Arbus, Kid in a hooded jacket aiming a gun, N.Y.C. 1957. 8 1/2 × 5 13/16 in. Gift of Doon Arbus and Amy Arbus, 2007.

Diane Arbus made most of her photographs in New York City, where she was born and died, and where she worked in locations such as Times Square, the Lower East Side and Coney Island. Her photographs of children and eccentrics, couples and circus performers, female impersonators and midtown shoppers, are among the most intimate, surprising and haunting works of art of the twentieth century.

Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and adapted for Hayward Gallery, diane arbus: in the beginning takes an in-depth look at the formative first half of Arbus’ career, during which the photographer developed the direct, psychologically acute style for which she later became so widely celebrated.

The exhibition features more than 100 photographs, the majority of which are vintage prints made by the artist, drawn from the Diane Arbus Archive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. More than two-thirds of these photographs have never been seen before in the UK.

(Image courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/Copyright © The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. All Rights Reserved.)

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