Irving Penn: In A Cracked Mirror (Self-Portrait) (A), New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Irving Penn: In A Cracked Mirror (Self-Portrait) (A), New York, 1986, printed October 1990

Platinum-palladium print, edition 3/16
51.8 x 49.2 cm (image); 63.1 x 55.9 cm (paper); 66.1 x 55.9 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “3562 / ..”; inscribed verso: “IRVING PENN (SELF-PORTRAIT) / (NEW YORK, 1986) [in a box]”; inscribed verso: “3/16”; inscribed verso: “MULTIPLE COATNG AND PRINTING / 1 [in a circle] PLATINUM / 2 [in a circle] PLATINUM-PALLADIUM / Print made Oct. 1990 / RIVES PAPER ON ALUMINUM.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “HAND COATED BY / THE PHOTOGRAPHER / I.P.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1986 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of / photographer.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 16 prints of this / image in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 17 may exist. / I.P.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.221

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

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 96, cat. 134, pl. 47.

Penn, Irving. 2004. “A Notebook at Random.” Bulfinch Press. p. 100. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.