Close Encounters: Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus A woman in a bird mask, N.Y.C., 1967

Close Encounters: Diane Arbus

April 8, 2016, 6 pm
Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario

“There are things which nobody would see unless I photographed them”

Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator Emeritus, Photography, examines a group of compelling photographs by Diane Arbus (1923-1971) from the AGO’s large holdings of the artist’s work. Arbus’s photographs have polarized debate since her landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1972 - a year after her death.  Her stark black and white images are unsettling and explore bizarre interior worlds.  With compassion and respect, she portrays those who are marginalized by society - the odd, the eccentric, the shunned, and the isolated.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Outsiders. American Photography and Film, 1950s – 1980s

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