PRINT December 2009

Vince Aletti


1 Irving Penn (1917–2009) Penn’s death ends one of the most brilliant, productive, and celebrated careers of any magazine photographer. But even if there will be no more new Penns in Vogue, the Getty Museum publication and show of his “Small Trades” photographs from the early 1950s (curated by Virginia Heckert and Anne Lacoste) suggest there is extraordinary material in the archives still to be revealed. The two-hundred-plus photographs in the project are more than twice the number previously published or exhibited. It’s a generous parting gift: Penn at an early peak, combining portraiture and fashion—pictures of working men and women by an artist who knew what work meant.

2 Philip-Lorca diCorcia (David Zwirner Gallery, New York) DiCorcia’s “Thousand” set exactly that many little Polaroids side by side on a narrow railing that snaked around the gallery in a continuous line.

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