Paris

Diane Arbus

KADIST - Paris

NO ONE COMES TO DIANE ARBUS without a bushel of prejudices. She is the most demonized of the 1960s street photographers, so freighted by her reputation as bad girl and victimizer that it is almost impossible to truly look at her work. In “Pierre Leguillon features: Diane Arbus, A Printed Retrospective, 1960–1971,” recently on view at the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, however, this is exactly what French Conceptual artist Pierre Leguillon attempted to make us do. To create the show, he trawled the Internet for issues of Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Nova, and other English-language magazines that employed Arbus during the ’60s. Leguillon then removed more than a hundred pages from the magazines and exhibited them in the foundation’s Montmartre storefront gallery. He thereby not only ingeniously circumvented the notoriously censorious Arbus estate but also allowed us to look beyond both the

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