Contact Lens, New York

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Contact Lens, New York, 1981, printed 1984

Dye imbibition print, edition of 17
49.3 x 39.8 cm (image); 51.1 x 41.3 cm (paper); 57.8 x 47.4 cm (mount)
Stamped and inscribed verso: "REF. 1175"; inscribed verso: "CONTACT LENS / NEW YORK 1981 [in a box]"; stamped and inscribed verso: "PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1981 by / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC. / not to be reproduced without / written permission of the copyright owner."; inscribed verso: "Print made 1984. / I.P."; signed and stamped verso: "Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]."
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.247

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)

AIC, Inaugural Modern Wing Exhibition, May 16–September 7, 2009. (Matthew S. Witkovsky)

Publication History

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 101. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 109, cat. 126, pl. 59.

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.