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Irving Penn: Still Life

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg Villa Kast
June 8–July 20, 2019

Irving Penn,  The Spilled Cream , New York, 1980 © The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn, The Spilled Cream, New York, 1980 © The Irving Penn Foundation


Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg presents an exhibition dedicated to Irving Penn's still life work. It includes photographs from Penn's well-known series Street MaterialCigarettes, and Flowers, as well as other still life compositions which took inspiration from painting and sought to expand the creative possibilities of the medium of photography.

Salzburg Villa Kast, Austria

Opening: Saturday, June 8 at 11 AM

“Irving Penn: Paintings” Catalogue


Internationally renowned for his work as a photographer, Penn initially set out to be a painter and worked in the medium at the beginning and end of his career. Although some of Penn’s paintings were reproduced in books during his lifetime, this important body of work has remained largely unknown. 

Published to coincide with the first-ever exhibition of Irving Penn’s paintings, this 104-page hardcover catalogue features 47 illustrations, including 39 full-page reproductions, and the first scholarship on Penn’s painting practice. The selection of paintings, made between 1987 and 2006, highlights the artist’s approach to materials, form, and color.

Essays by writer and curator, David Campany, and legacy program manager at The Irving Penn Foundation, Alexandra Dennett; afterwords by Arne Glimcher, Pace Gallery founder, and Peter MacGill, Pace/MacGill Gallery founder.

Produced by Sandra M. Klimt, Klimt Studio, Inc. and designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, the printing is by Meridian Printing with four-color separations by Martin Senn. Published by Apparition, an imprint of The Irving Penn Foundation, in association with Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery.