Theater Accident, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Theater Accident, New York, 1947, printed 1984

Dye imbibition print, edition of 29
50 x 39.4 cm (image); 52 x 42.4 cm (paper); 58 x 47.2 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: "REF. 1182"; inscribed verso: "THEATRE ACCIDENT / NEW YORK 1947 [in a box]"; inscribed verso: "'PASSAGE' PRINT"; stamped and inscribed verso: "PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1947 - RENEWED 1975 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner."; stamped and signed verso: "Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]"; inscribed verso: "Print made 1984 / I.P."
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.226

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

Liberman, Alexander. 1951. “The Art and Technique of Color Photography.” Simon and Schuster. p. 16, cat. 16. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1960. “Moments Preserved.” Simon and Schuster. p. 124. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 68. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. "Passage: A Work Record." Knopf. p. 26. (other print of this image?)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 90, cat. 25, pl. 41.

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

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.