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Nigeria's art scene has flourished over the last decade, leading to a renewed interest in cultivating and supporting modern and contemporary art in the country. Ranked Africa's largest economy in 2017, making up 0.8 percent of the world's GDP, a surge in wealth amongst some individuals has led to a developing collector base (not to mention rising...

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Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 Ocula Report Shanghai's West Bund and Art021 fairs overlap in 2018 17 November 201817 Nov 2018 : Diana d’Arenberg for Ocula

The last time I visited West Bund Art & Design was four years ago, when the fair was in its first year of operation: a small, boutique offering held in a cavernous hangar that seemed too big for it. Much has changed since then. Mirroring the rapid development of the city itself, West Bund has grown from 25 galleries in 2014 to a fair that...

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Irving Penn (1917–2009) was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. From 1934–1938, he studied design with Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. Following a year painting in Mexico, he returned to New York City and began working at Vogue magazine in 1943, where Alexander Liberman was art director.

Penn photographed for Vogue and commercial clients in America and abroad for nearly 70 years. Whether an innovative fashion image, striking portrait or compelling still life, each of Penn's pictures bears his trademark style of elegant aesthetic simplicity.

In addition to his editorial and advertising work, Penn was also a master printmaker. Beginning in 1964, he pioneered a complex technique for making platinum-palladium prints, a 19th century print process to which he applied 20th century materials.

The first retrospective of Penn's work was organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1984. Following the landmark exhibition, he resumed painting and drawing as a full-fledged creative endeavor. Until his death in 2009, his innovative photographs continued to appear regularly in Vogue, and his studio was busy with assignments and experimental personal work.

Recent exhibitions include Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (2015–2016) and Irving Penn: Centennial at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2017).

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Featured Artworks

Collision, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennCollision, New York, 2006 India ink on paper mounted to aluminium
29.75 x 22 inches
Pace Gallery
Tower of Babel by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennTower of Babel, 2006 India ink with gum arabic over graphite on paper mounted to aluminium
29.62 x 22.25 inches
Pace Gallery
Still Life with Skull, Bottle, and Sewing Machine, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennStill Life with Skull, Bottle, and Sewing Machine, New York, 2005 Inkjet print with watercolour and sand on paper mounted to aluminium
16.25 x 22.12 inches
Pace Gallery
A Worn Shoe by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennA Worn Shoe, 2005 Inkjet print with watercolour, sand and gum arabic on paper mounted to aluminium
20.25 x 16.25 inches
Pace Gallery
The Alchemist, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennThe Alchemist, New York, 2005 Inkjet print and watercoloir on paper mounted to aluminium
24.75 x 19.88 inches
Pace Gallery
Untitled, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennUntitled, New York, c. 1987 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment on paper mounted to aluminium
24.38 x 20 inches
Pace Gallery
Untitled by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennUntitled, 1987–1988 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment with gum arabic on paper mounted to aluminium
28.25 x 19.62 inches
Pace Gallery
Aging Mushrooms, New York by Irving Penn contemporary artwork Irving PennAging Mushrooms, New York, 1988 Platinum palladium print, ink, watercolour and dry pigment on paper mounted to aluminium
24.75 x 20.12 inches
Pace Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Irving Penn, Paintings at Pace Gallery,
Closed
13 September–13 October 2018 Irving Penn PaintingsPace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street, New York

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New York Exhibitions: The Autumn Lowdown Ocula Report New York Exhibitions: The Autumn Lowdown 14 September 201814 Sep 2018 : Jareh Das for Ocula

The autumn exhibition season has officially kicked off in New York, with countless solo and group exhibitions featuring emerging, mid-career, and established artists, with some exhibiting works in the US for the first time. With a host of exhibitions to choose from, including a series of stellar museum exhibitions whose runs are nearing completion,...

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