DIANE ARBUS | JIM WARREN’S FAMOUS MONSTERS FAN CLUB, QUEENS, NEW YORK, CHAPTER
JIM WARREN’S FAMOUS MONSTERS FAN CLUB, QUEENS, NEW YORK, CHAPTER
stamped, signed, and annotated with the Arbus Estate authentication number by Doon Arbus, the photographer's daughter, in ink and with credit, reduction notations, and annotations in pencil and ink on the reverse, framed, 1962
10⅜ by 6½ in. (26.4 by 16.5 cm.)
This lifetime print is in generally excellent condition. There are two horizontal graphite or grease pencil crop lines running above and below the sitters. These lines are visible primarily in raking light and do not detract from the image. The following are visible in the margins: two small graphite crop marks in the upper left and right; tack holes; tiny deposits of red ink; and a tiny tear along the lower right margin edge. The margins are unevenly trimmed.
There is a small abrasion and adjacent adhesive remnants at the center left on the reverse. The Arbus Estate authentication stamp is numbered '#c.1964--X-1U-1114' and the copyright stamp is dated '64' in ink. The following annotations are written in an unidentified hand in pencil or ink: 'Queens, N. Y. Chapter of the Famous Monster Club,' 'HA/1,' '41-6,' 'CREDIT LINE TO DIANE ARBUS,' '(same size, cropped),' and 'use this photo.'
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The photographer to James Warren, publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland
Howard Russeck Fine Art, Palm Beach
Famous Monsters of Filmland, vol. I, no. 28, May 1964, p. 70 (cropped, likely this print)
In the spring of 1964, James Warren, publisher of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, needed a photographer to travel to Queens, New York, to photograph members of the local chapter of his Famous Monsters Fan Club. Early members, who each received a pin and a mask for joining the club, included Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Gloria Steinem, an assistant editor of another Warren magazine, knew of a photographer through her roommate Barbara Nessim. She suggested that Warren give this assignment to Nessim's friend, Diane Arbus. Arbus reported to Warren's office at 52nd Street and Madison Avenue, got cab fare, and went to Queens to shoot. Warren purchased two photographs from the sitting and used the photograph offered here in the May 1964 issue of the magazine.
The other photograph that Warren purchased (a variant of this image) was sold in these rooms on 2 October 1996.