Fish Made of Fish (Experimental), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Fish Made of Fish (Experimental), New York, 1939, printed c. 1939

Gelatin silver print, edition of 13
26.8 x 35.1 cm (image); 28.2 x 38.1 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “FISH MADE OF FISH / (NEW YORK, 1939) [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1939 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; inscribed verso: “REF. 497”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 13.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made c. 1939. / IP:”.
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.159

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

AIC, “Irving Penn, A Career in Photography,” November 22, 1997–February 1, 1998; traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, State Hermitage Museum, March 1–May 16, 1998; Hamburg, Germany, Deichtorhallen, June 18–September 6, 1998; Munich, Germany, Müchner Stadtmuseum, October 6, 1998–February 21, 1999; San Francisco, California, Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography, November 11, 1999–January 23, 2000; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 25–June 4, 2000; Paris, France, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, September 13–November 5, 2000. (Colin Westerbeck)

Publication History

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 12.

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 26, cat. 3, pl. 2.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.