The Photos of Diane Arbus at the Hayward Gallery

The Photos of Diane Arbus at the Hayward Gallery
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When, in the early 1940s, Diane Arbus began photographing the world with the camera that her husband had given her as a gift, she had no idea that, just a few years later, she would be considered one of the most influential artists of the XX Century. The first phase of the career of the American photographer of Russian origin, is on display at the Hayward Gallery with fifty images, many of which have never been seen before in Europe, right out of the archives of Diane Arbus, donated by her children to the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, as well as from private collections in the United States. From Fifth Avenue to the Lower East Side, from Times Square to Coney Island, couples and children, lonely citizens, carnival artists, transvestites and strippers crowded her lens. Boy Stepping Off the Curb and even Jack Dracula at a Bar or Stripper with Bare Breasts Sitting in Her Dressing Room are just a few of the works on display. Conceived from an earlier exhibition at the Met Breuer in 2016 and adapted for the Hayward Gallery, the exhibition offers a look at the way in which Arbus - known for her shots that portray humans in all their diversity, often stepping away from “normality” - conducted her own exploration of the world at large.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London