Frank Stella, N.Y.C.

Diane Arbus
1966 (negative)
Gelatin silver print (printed by Neil Selkirk)
sheet: 20 x 16 inches (508 x 406 mm); image: 14 1/8 x 14 3/8 inches
Purchased on the Horace W. Goldsmith Fund for Americana, 2008.

Ed. #16/75 In 1966 Arbus photographed thirteen prominent artists as part of an assignment from Harper's Bazaar for a piece on "The American Art Scene." For Stella's portrait, she chose Central Park as a background, bringing to her portraiture style some of the apparent spontaneity of street photography. Stella's open grin reveals a row of missing teeth, a detail that a photographer less attuned to socially stigmatized features might have taken care to conceal. "You see someone on the street," Arbus once wrote, "and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw."

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