"Irving Penn: Paintings"


 Irving Penn,  Tower of Babel  ,  2006. India ink with gum arabic over graphite on paper.  ©  The Irving Penn Foundation

Irving Penn, Tower of Babel, 2006. India ink with gum arabic over graphite on paper. © The Irving Penn Foundation

 

This September, Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery will present the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Irving Penn’s paintings. 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. 

Encompassing approximately 30 works made between 1987 and 2006, the exhibition will showcase Penn’s mixed-media paintings and highlight the artist’s approach to materials, form, and color. Penn made many of his paintings by converting a drawing into a print for use as the underlying structure for a painting. 

Drawing inspiration from leading 20th century figures such as Henri Matisse, Giorgio Morandi, and Fernand Léger, Penn’s bold and unusual paintings diverge from the striking and smooth style of his photographs while sharing their rigor and innovative spirit. 

The exhibition will be on view at Pace Gallery, 32 East 57th Street from September 13–October 13, 2018, with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 12 from 6–8 pm.

 


Location: Pace Gallery, New York
From September 13October 13, 2018