Frederick Kiesler & Willem de Kooning, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Frederick Kiesler & Willem de Kooning, New York, May 4, 1960, printed June 1982

Platinum-palladium print, edition 27/28
47 x 49.2 cm (image); 55.9 x 63.2 cm (paper); 55.9 x 66.2 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “859 / .. [in a circle]”; inscribed and stamped verso: “KIESLER AND DEKOONING [in a box] (NEW YORK) / PHOTOGRAPHED MAY 4, 1960 IRVING PENN”; inscribed verso: “Rives Paper on Aluminum / Platinum-palladium / Single coating, multiple printing”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; stamped and inscribed verso: “27/28”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1960 by / IRVING PENN / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / photographer.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 28 prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 10 may exist.”; inscribed verso: “Print made June 1982.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.211

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

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 95. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 38. (other print of this image)

Foresta, Merry A. and William F. Stapp. 1990. “Irving Penn: Master Images.” Exh. cat. National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 123, cat. 87. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 131. (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. 59, cat. 37. (other print of this image/variant showing more of Kiesler and de Kooning’s left ear cropped out)

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. 159. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 157, cat. 88, pl. 90.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 38. (other print of this image)

Kelly, Marianne. 2011. “Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection.” Irish Museum of Modern Art. pp. 28-29. (other print of this image/p. 28 has variant showing more of Kiesler and de Kooning’s left ear cropped out)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.