Three Asaro Mud Men, New Guinea

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Irving Penn
American, 1917–2009

Three Asaro Mud Men, New Guinea, 1970, printed 1984

Gelatin silver print, edition of 25
49 x 48.6 cm (image/paper); 58.5 x 58.5 cm (mount)
Inscribed verso: “REF. 8883”; inscribed verso: “..”; inscribed verso: “THREE ASARO MUD MEN / NEW GUINEA, 1970 [in a box]”; stamped and inscribed verso: “PHOTOGRAPH BY IRVING PENN / Copyright © 1974 by Irving Penn, COURTESY OF VOGUE / Not to be reproduced without / written permission of the / copyright owner and / THE CONDE NAST PUBLICATIONS INC.”; stamped and inscribed verso: “SIGNED, SILVER PRINTS OF / THIS NEGATIVE NOT EXCEEDING 25.”; signed and stamped verso: “Irving Penn / IRVING PENN [in a circle]”; inscribed verso: “Print made 1984. / I.P.”; stamped verso: “TONED IN SELENIUM.”
Gift of Irving Penn, 1996.269

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

Penn, Irving. 1974. “Worlds in a Small Room.” Grossman Publishers. p. 65. (other print of this image)

Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin. 1975. “I platini di Irving Penn: 25 anni di fotografia.” Exh. cat. Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna/Ages Arti Grafiche. p. 45. (other print of this image)

Marlborough Gallery, New York. 1977. “Irving Penn: Photographs in Platinum Metals, Images 1947–1975.” Exh. cat. Marlborough Gallery. n.pag., cat. 114. (other print of this image)

Szarkowski, John. 1984. "Irving Penn." Exh. cat. Museum of Modern Art/New York Graphic Society Books. pl. 108. (other print of this image)

Penn, Irving. 1991. “Passage: A Work Record.” Knopf. p. 193. (other print of this image/variant with tighter cropping)

Photology. 1992. “Irving Penn: People in Passage.” Photology. p. 55. (other print of this image)

Westerbeck, Colin. 1997. “Irving Penn: A Career in Photography.” Exh. cat. Art Institute of Chicago/Bulfinch Press. p. 80, cat. 109, pl. 31.

Greenough, Sarah. 2005. “Irving Penn: Platinum Prints.” Exh. cat. National Gallery of Art/Yale University Press. pl. 55. (other print of this image)

Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich. 2011. “Irving Penn: Ethnos.” Exh. cat. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography. pl. 10. (other print of this image)

Ownership History

Given by the artist to the Art Institute, 1996.