UNTITLED (FEMALE IMPERSONATORS BACKSTAGE, N. Y. C.)
stamped, signed, and annotated with the Arbus Estate authentication number by Doon Arbus, the photographer's daughter, in ink, on the reverse, 1961; accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from the Arbus Estate (2)
9¼ by 6⅜ in. (23.5 by 16 cm.)
This lifetime print, on double-weight Afga paper with a semi-glossy surface, is in generally excellent condition. Upon close examination in raking light, a very small crease is barely discernible near the upper edge of the image. The left and right margin edges are rubbed, and the corners are bumped. The edge of the right margin is black from stray light exposure in the darkroom. There is insignificant soiling on the reverse.
The reverse is annotated with the Arbus Estate authentication number '#987-13-1U-1114' and the copyright stamp is dated '62' in ink. Also on the reverse are the following inventory numbers in pencil: 'RMG 880.173' and 'DA.Z.069.'
The accompanying typed certificate of authenticity is from 29 September 1980. It reads as follows: 'This will authenticate the fact that print #987-13-1U-1114 (female impersonators backstage) was made by Diane Arbus between 1962 and 1963.'
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Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, 2001
Thomas W. Southall, Diane Arbus: Magazine Work (New York, 1984), p. 154
Diane Arbus: Revelations (New York, 2003), p. 58
Sarah Hermanson Meister, Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2017), p. 36