Diane Arbus: A Chronology, 1923-1971

Photographs by Diane Arbus. Authored by Elisabeth Sussman, Doon Arbus, and Jeff L. Rosenheim.

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Diane Arbus: A Chronology is the closest thing possible to a contemporaneous diary by one of the most daring, influential and controversial artists of the twentieth century. Drawn primarily from Arbus’ extensive correspondence with friends, family and colleagues, personal notebooks and other unpublished writings, this beautifully produced volume reveals the private thoughts and motivations of an artist whose astonishing vision derived from the courage to see things as they are and the grace to permit them simply to be. Further rounding out Arbus’ life and work are exhaustively researched footnotes that amplify the entire chronology. A section at the end of the book provides biographies for 55 family members, friends and colleagues, from Marvin Israel and Lisette Model to Weegee and August Sander. Describing the Chronology in Art in America, Leo Rubinfien noted that Arbus…wrote as well as she photographed, and her letters, where she heard each nuance of her words, were gifts to the people who received them. Once one has been introduced to it, the beauty of her spirit permanently changes and deepens one’s understanding of her pictures. The texts in Diane Arbus: A Chronology originally appeared in Diane Arbus: Revelations. This volume makes this invaluable material available in an accessible, unique paperback edition for the very first time.


Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 177
Publication date: 10-31-2011
Measurements: 8.1 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
ISBN: 9781597111799

Photographs by Diane Arbus. Authored by Elisabeth Sussman, Doon Arbus, and Jeff L. Rosenheim.

Diane Arbus (1923–1971) revolutionized the terms of the art she practiced. In addition to Diane Arbus: A Chronology, four volumes of her work have been published posthumously and have remained continuously in print: Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972), Diane Arbus: Magazine Work (1984), Untitled: Diane Arbus (1995), and Diane Arbus Revelations (2003).
Elisabeth Sussman (coauthor, chronology and footnotes) is the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She served as guest co-curator for the retrospective Diane Arbus Revelations.
Doon Arbus (coauthor, chronology and footnotes) is the eldest daughter of Diane and Allan Arbus; since her mother’s death she has managed the Estate of Diane Arbus.
Jeff L. Rosenheim (author, biographies) is curator of photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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