Lot 12
  • 12

Diane Arbus 1926-1971

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  • Diane Arbus
  • 'a family on their lawn one sunday in westchester, n. y.'

signed, dated, and numbered by the photographer's daughter, Doon Arbus, in ink, and with the 'A Diane Arbus print, Doon Arbus administrator,' and Arbus Estate reproduction rights stamps on the reverse, matted, framed, a Fraenkel Gallery label on the reverse, 1968, printed between 1968 and 1970; accompanied by a typed letter of authentication signed by Doon Arbus, 1998


Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Acquired by the present collection from the above, 2002


Other prints of this image:

Thomas W. Southall, Diane Arbus Magazine Work (Aperture, 1984, in conjunction with the exhibition originating at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas), pp. 106-7

Diane Arbus: Revelations (New York, 2003, in conjunction with the exhibition originating at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), p. 329

Carroll T. Hartwell, The Making of a Collection: Photographs from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Aperture, 1984), p. 92

Catalogue Note

This photograph appeared in the London Sunday Times Magazine on November 10, 1968, as part of a double-page spread with photographs and captions by Arbus.  Titled 'Two American Families,' the spread juxtaposed 'A Young Brooklyn Family Going for a Sunday Outing, N. Y. C.'  with the image offered here.  Arbus's own caption for the present image read,

 'Nat and June Tarnapol with Paul, aged four, one of their three children, in the garden of their home at Westchester, Connecticut.  They are an upper middle class family, Mr. Tarnapol being a successful agent and publisher in the pop music business.  I think it's such an odd photograph, nearly like Pinter, but not quite...the parents seem to be dreaming the child and the child seems to be inventing them.'