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Woman with Her Baby Monkey, N. J.

Woman with Her Baby Monkey, N. J.

Artist: Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971)

Date: 1971
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.5 × 40.3 cm)
Image: 15 3/16 × 14 3/8 in. (38.6 × 36.5 cm)
Matt (Mat Window): 15 × 14 in. (38.1 × 35.6 cm)
Matt: 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase, 1992
Object number: SN11019
On View: Not on view
About this ObjectDiane Arbus's body of work focuses on the unusual. Working almost exclusively in black and white, she haunted the fringes of society for glimpses of the truth about the human condition. Her photographs of mostly anonymous New Yorkers form the core of what she termed her "contemporary anthropology." Using a Rolliflex medium format camera, Arbus routinely violated the idea of an appropriate distance between subject and photographer, purposefully exploiting the voyeuristic tendencies of the medium. After separating from her husband, Allen Arbus, she studied under photographer Richard Avedon, and by 1960 was considered a serious photojournalist of America. Woman with Her Baby Monkey, N. J. plays on the viewer's expectations, replacing a human child with a monkey in the woman's arms to a jarring effect.
with Fotomann, Inc.; purchased by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1992
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Copyright: © Diane Arbus
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