BIOGRAPHY

Diane Arbus (1923–71) was one of the most original and influential photographers of the twentieth century. She studied photography with Berenice Abbott, Alexey Brodovitch, and Lisette Model and had her first published photographs appear in Esquire in 1960. In 1963 and 1966 she was awarded John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships and was one of three photographers whose work was the focus of New Documents, John Szarkowski’s landmark exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1967. A year after her death, her work was selected for inclusion in the Venice Biennale—the first work of an American photographer to be so honored. The Museum of Modern Art hosted a major retrospective that traveled throughout the United States and Canada from 1972 to 1975. A larger full scale retrospective, Diane Arbus Revelations, was organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2003 and traveled to museums in the United States and Europe through 2006. A major European retrospective of Arbus’s work opened at the Jeu de Paume, Paris in October 2011 and traveled to Winterthur, Berlin and Amsterdam through 2013.

 

Selected Exhibtions:
2014
Slaves of Mimesis: Nine Years on 23rd Street- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
2013
Dark Blue The Water as Protagonist - Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Une Affaire De Famille - La Photographie Dans Les Collections De Stephane, Rodolphe Et Sebastien Janssen - Museé de la photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi
Light Sensitive - Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
The Time is Now - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Unphotographable - Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012
September 11, P.S.1. MoMa, New York, USA
Diane Arbus, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Germany 
Diane Arbus, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany 
Another story. 1000 Photographs from the Moderna Museet Collection, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Diane Arbus: Affinities, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK 
Through the Looking Glass, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
PHOTOGRAPHY CALLING! Fotografie und Gegenwart, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
2011
Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Artists Rooms, Tate Modern, London, GB
Diane Arbus Retrospective, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Zurich, Swtizerland; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany; FOAM, Amsterdam, Holland
Diane Arbus: People and Other Singularities, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA
Diane Arbus, Peder Lund, Oslo, Norway
2010
75 Years of Looking Forward: Focus on Artists, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Private Eyes, la Colección de Laurence Miller, Sala Municipal de San Benito, Valladolid, Spain
Picturing New York: Photographs from The Museum of Modern Art, IMMA, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The Sum of Myself: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / LACMA, Los Angeles
Masters of Photography, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium
Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix and CCP Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, USA
elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Diane Arbus: Christ in a lobby and Other Unknown or Almost Known Works Selected by Robert Gober, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Diane Arbus: In the Absence of Others,Cheim & Reid, New York, NY
2009
Diane Arbus, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
The White Under The Red, Galerie Metro, Berlin, Germany
Seventies, le choc de la photographie américaine, BNF – Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, France
The Fallen Angels, Watarium Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokio, Japan
1968. Die große Unschuld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
BIG CITY, Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria
Sander's Children, Danziger Projects, New York
Street & Studio, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus, National Museum, Cardiff, UK 
The Female Gaze: Women Look at Women, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY
Le Choc de la Photographie Americaine, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France
Diane Arbus: A Printed Retrospective, 1960-1971, Curated by Pierre Leguillon, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France
2008
Arbus, Avedon, Sander, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
People, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Times Square, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Diane Arbus, Neil Selkirk, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany
Female Trouble, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography, Tate Modern, London
New York at Night: Photographs from the Collection, MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2007
Diane Arbus - Helen Levitt: A Conversation, Laurence Miller Gallery, New York
NEW YORK, NY, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen, Belgium
Americans, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
June Bride, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
All the More Real, Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Second View, Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany
Something Was There: Early Work by Diane Arbus, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Diane Arbus, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
A Fine Collection, A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans,
LA
2006
Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Avedon, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Recent Acquisitions: New York Street Photography from the 1960s and 1970s, (16 Diane Arbus Coney Island photographs) New York Public Library, New York, NY
Das Achte Feld/The Eight Square, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany
The Construction of the Other, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia di Brescia, Italy
The Street: Pioneers of 20th-Century Photography, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The photographs of Diane Arbus, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Australia
Diane Arbus: Revelations, (200 photographs and supplementary ephemera), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN