About This Artwork

Diane Arbus
American, 1923–1971

Woman on the Street with Her Eyes Closed, 1956

Gelatin silver print
16.7 x 21.5 cm (image); 27.9 x 35.4 cm (paper)
Unmarked recto; stamped verso, upper left, in black ink: "Not to be reproduced in any way without written permission from Doon Arbus."; stamped and inscribed verso, upper center, in black ink: "Copyright © 19 [stamped] 86 [inscribed] / The Estate of Diane Arbus [stamped]"; stamped and inscribed verso, upper right, in black ink: "a diane arbus print [stamped] # 5B-6A-1U-1114 [inscribed] / doon arbus administrator [stamped] doon arbus [inscribed]"

Gift of Boardroom, Inc., 1992.735

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, ""Lessons in Life": Photographic Works from the Boardroom Collection," March 26-June 19, 1994. (Colin Westerbeck)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Bystander: A History of Street Photography," December 10, 1994-April 16, 1995; traveled to the San Jose Museum of Art, January 16-April 4, 1999. (Colin Westerbeck)

SFMOMA, California, "Diane Arbus: Revelations," October 25, 2003–February 8, 2004; traveled to LACMA, February 29–May 31, 2004; MFA, Houston, June 27–September 6, 2004; (exhibition in storage/Fall 2004); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 28–May 30, 2005; V&A Museum, London, October 13, 2005–January 15, 2006; La Caixa, Barcelona, February 14–May 14, 2006; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, June 17–September 10, 2006.

Publication History

Phillips, Sandra S., Elisabeth Sussman. 2003. “Diane Arbus Revelations.” Exh. cat. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Random House. p. 25.

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