Collapse, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Collapse, New York, January 1980, printed December 1981

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/23
31.3 x 52.3 cm (image); 40.7 x 61 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “.. / AR 1536”; inscribed verso: “COLLAPSE [in a box] / neg. made Jan. 1980”; inscribed verso: “3/23”; tamped and inscribed verso; “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1981 by / IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “Platinum-palladium / Strathmore Paper on aluminum”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 23 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, a number of unsigned silver prints / for reproduction in publications may exist.”; inscribed verso: “Print made December 1981.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.173

Copyright The Irving Penn Foundation

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, “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

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 155. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 237. (other print of this image)
Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 92, cat. 122, pl. 43 and back cover.

Penn, Irving. 2001. “Still Life.” Bulfinch Press. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 28. (other print of this image)

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. 2010. “Archæology.” Exh. cat. Pace/MacGill Gallery. pl. 15. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.