S. J. Perelman, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

S. J. Perelman, New York, 1962, printed January/February 1971

Platinum-palladium print, edition 1/15
49.7 x 49.4 cm (image); 62.9 x 55.5 cm (paper)
Inscribed verso: “650 / ..”; inscribed verso: “Wiggins-Teague paper on aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle]” Palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made Jan-Feb. 1971”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn [in a circle] / Hand-coated by the photographer”; typed label affixed to verso: “S.J. Perelman [underlined] / Photograph by Irving Penn / Copyright © 1963 by / The Conde Nast Publications Inc. / Not to be reproduced without written / permission of the copyright owner.”; stamped verso: “Deacidified to pH 8.5 9.5”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 15 prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 16 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.212

Copyright Condé Nast Publications, Inc.

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

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 139. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 140. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 148, cat. 92, pl. 81.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 40. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.