Irving Penn – Burning Off the Page
Pace Los Angeles – Jul 30 to Sep 03, 2022 Los Angeles (US)
Pace is pleased to present Irving Penn: Burning Off the Page. A personal exhibition bringing together 40 works created by the artist. Whose work transcended the pages of magazines to the walls of museums and galleries, between the late 1930s and early 2000s.
A photographer for Vogue for nearly 70 years, Penn left an indelible mark on the history of the medium. His inventive fashion photographs, which transformed American image-making in the post-war period, continued to appear in the magazine until his death in 2009. The artist was also highly accomplished and experimental in the darkroom , having designed, among other innovations, a technical complex for producing platinum-palladium prints. Four such works feature in Pace’s upcoming exhibition, curated by art historian Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann.
Burning Off the Page focuses on the formal strategies and experimentations that shaped Penn’s distinctive style, which he referred to as “photography.” Penn, who trained as a painter before becoming a photographer, was inspired by the fine arts and often began his photographic process with drawing. As shown in Pace’s 2021 exhibition Irving Penn: Photographism in New York, Penn’s creative process involved translating drawing, painting, and sculpture, among other art forms, into photography. A hybridization that blurred the boundary between high art, graphic design, fashion, and photography.
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