Sitting Man with Pink Face, New Guinea

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Sitting Man with Pink Face, New Guinea, 1970, printed March 1979

Platinum-palladium print, edition 13/50
52.5 x 49.4 cm (image); 63.1 x 56 cm (paper); 65.8 x 56 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “PRINT NUMBER / 1978 / .. [in a circle] 5P.”; inscribed verso: “SITTING MAN WITH PINK FACE [underlined] (NEW GUINEA 1970) / Rives Paper on Aluminum / Multiple coating and printing / 1 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / 2 [in a circle] Platinum-palladium / Print made March, 1979”; stamped verso: “Deacidified”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1979 by Irving Penn / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / Hand-coated by the photographer [in a circle]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “In addition to 50 numbered prints of this image / in platinum metals, unnumbered, but signed, silver prints not exceeding 5 may exist.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.267

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

Marlborough Fine Art, London. 1981. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Marlborough Fine Art London. front cover. (other print of this image)

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. 225. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 121, cat. 107, pl. 71.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 51. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.