Diane Arbus Revelations
To ensure the ongoing availability of Diane Arbus Revelations, Aperture is proud to release this vitally important volume on the fiftieth anniversary of the posthumous 1972 Arbus retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and the simultaneous publication of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. Revelations explores the origins, scope, and aspirations of Arbus’s wholly original voice. Arbus’s frank…
Diane Arbus (1923–1971; born in New York) revolutionized the terms of the art she practiced. In addition to Diane Arbus: Revelations, four other volumes of her work have been published posthumously and have remained continuously in print: Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph (1972), Untitled: Diane Arbus (1995), Diane Arbus: A Chronology (2011), and Diane Arbus: A box of 10 photographs (2018, with Smithsonian American Art Museum).
Doon Arbus is the eldest daughter of Diane and Allan Arbus; since her mother’s death she has managed the Estate of Diane Arbus.
Sarah H. Meister is executive director of Aperture, following more than twenty-five years at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Sandra S. Phillips is curator emerita of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she cocurated Diane Arbus: Revelations (2003).
Jeff L. Rosenheim is curator in charge of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Neil Selkirk printed Diane Arbus’s work for the 1972 posthumous retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has since been the only authorized person to create prints from her photographs.
Elisabeth Sussman is the Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She served as guest cocurator for the retrospective Diane Arbus: Revelations (2003).
Revelations explores the origins, scope, and aspirations of Arbus's wholly original voice. Arbus’s frank treatment of her subjects and her faith in the intrinsic power of the medium have produced a body of work that is often shocking in its purity, in its steadfast celebration of things as they are. Presenting many of her lesser-known or previously unpublished photographs in the context of the iconic images reveals a subtle yet persistent view of the world.
The book reproduces two hundred full-page duotones of Diane Arbus photographs spanning her entire career. It also includes a new contribution by Sarah Meister, executive director of Aperture, alongside essays by Sandra S. Phillips, senior curator of photography, emeritus, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and a discussion of Arbus’s printing techniques by Neil Selkirk, the only person authorized to print her photographs since her death. An extensive chronology by Elisabeth Sussman, guest curator of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art show, and Doon Arbus, the artist’s eldest daughter, is illustrated by more than three hundred additional images and composed primarily of excerpts from the artist’s letters, notebooks, and other writings, amounting to a kind of autobiography. An afterword by Doon Arbus precedes biographical entries on the photographer’s friends and colleagues, compiled by Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator in charge of the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. These texts help illuminate the meaning of Diane Arbus’s controversial and astonishing vision.
Number of pages: 352
Number of images: 500
Publication date: 2022-09-13
Measurements: 9.75 x 12.5 x 1.38 inches