Wide Skull (A), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Wide Skull (A), New York, 1993, printed February/September 1994

Platinum-palladium print, edition 4/13
28.4 x 48.6 cm (image); 37.5 x 59.5 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “3890”; inscribed verso: “WIDE SKULL (A) / (NEW YORK, 1993) [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “WIDE SKILL”; inscribed verso: “4/13”; inscribed verso: “Platinum and Palladium print”; stamped and inscribed verso; “HAND COATED BY / THE PHOTOGRAPHER / Deacidified I.P.”; inscribed verso: “RIVES PAPER ON ALUMINUM / PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / PRINT MADE FEB-SEPT 1994.”; stamped and inscribed verso; “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1993 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / copyright owner.”; stamped and inscribed verso; “In addition to 13 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding a total of 14 may exist. / I.P.”; signed verso: “Irving Penn.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.181

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

PaceWildensteinMacGill Gallery. 1996. “Fringes.” Exh. cat. PaceWildensteinMacGill Gallery. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 105, cat. 147, pl. 56.

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

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 39. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.