Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Optician's Shop Window (B), New York, c. 1939, printed 1982

Gelatin silver print, edition of 65
33.5 x 24.2 cm (image); 35.6 x 27.7 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “REF. 12526”; inscribed verso: “OPTICIAN’S SHOP WINDOW [in a box] (VERSION B) / NEW YORK, 1939 (?)”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1948–RENEWED 1976 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1982”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 65.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.183

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Optician's Shop Window (B), New York

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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. 13 (other print of this image)

Hürlimann, Annemarie. 1994. “Irving Penn: Collection privée/Irving Penn: Privatsammlung.” Exh. cat. Musée d’art et d’histoire/Editions Bentali. p. 20, cat. 3. (other print of this image)

Fraenkel, Jeffrey. 1995. "Seeing Things." Exh. cat. Fraenkel Gallery/Allethaire Press. n.pag., pl. 28. (other print of this image)

Lundström, Jan-Erik. 1995. “Irving Penn fotografier: en donation till mine av Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn/Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn.” Exh. cat. Moderna Museet/Raster Förlag. p. 49. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 175, cat. 4.

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

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo. 2011. “Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue.” Exh. cat. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT/Miyake Design Studio. n.pag. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.