Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Irving Penn,  Salvador Dalí  ,  New York, 1947  ©  The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn, Salvador Dalí, New York, 1947 © The Irving Penn Foundation


This summer, the Frick Pittsburgh will present "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty", a major exhibition featuring 146 photographs representing all phases of the artist’s long career. The retrospective goes far beyond Penn’s well-known and familiar persona as one of the world’s most famous fashion photographers. Beginning with social realist images taken in the late 1930s and concluding with photographs made in the 21st century, "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty" provides both an introduction to Penn’s work and an overview of his seven-decade career and myriad accomplishments. 

The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, June 17, 2017, following a Frick members’ preview event on June 16, which would have been Penn’s 100th birthday. The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, September 10, 2017.

The exhibition is accompanied by a 240-page catalogue, co-published by The Irving Penn Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and distributed by Yale University Press. In addition to 20 color and 147 black-and-white illustrations, the softcover catalogue features an essay by exhibition curator, Merry Foresta, who was Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of photography from 1983 to 1999. Foresta’s essay introduces Penn to a younger generation and delves into his use of photography to respond to social and cultural change.

Location: The Frick Pittsburgh
From June 17 until September 10, 2017