Diane Arbus (Aperture, 1972), unpaginated
Photography/Venice '79 (New York, 1979), p. 337
Manfred Heiting, et al., At the Still Point: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Volume II, Part 1 (Los Angeles and Amsterdam, 2009), p. 349
LIFE Library of Photography: Documentary Photography (New York, 1972), p. 209
The photograph offered here – signed and personally inscribed by Arbus – was given to an employee of Paraphernalia in 1967. Paraphernalia, the trend-setting boutique on Madison Avenue at 67th Street, was opened in late 1965 by British entrepreneur Paul Young and clothing manufacturer Carl Rosen. Sleekly and minimally designed by Ulrich Franzen, Paraphernalia was more club than dress shop, with its blasting music, video displays, and stage for dancers. Of the boutique, Andy Warhol wrote, ‘Paraphernalia sometimes stayed open till two in the morning. You’d go in and try on things and ‘Get Off My Cloud’ would be playing—and you’d be buying the clothes in the same atmosphere you’d probably be wearing them in. And the sales people in the little boutiques were always so hip and relaxed, as if the stores were just another room in their apartment—they’d sit around, read magazines, watch TV, smoke dope’ (Popism: The Warhol Sixties, p. 116). It was a necessary destination for the hip, fashion-conscious, and those wanting to be part of the scene. Warhol and Susan Bottomly – also known as International Velvet – met ingénue model and artist David Croland (Lots 215-221) at a Paraphernalia event, where David was selling his custom Pop earrings.
Lifetime prints of the image, signed by Arbus, are rare. It is believed that only two other signed examples have appeared at auction, sold in these rooms in December 2014 and October 1990.
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