Diane Arbus 1923 —1971


Born Diane Nemerov on March 14, 1923, in New York, New York. Diane Arbus was one of the most distinctive photographers in the twentieth century, known for her eerie portraits and offbeat subjects. Her artistic talents emerged at a young age; she was created interesting drawings and paintings while in high school. She married Allan Arbus in 1941 who taught her photography.

Working with her husband, Diane Arbus started out in advertising and fashion photography. They became quite a successful team with photographs appearing in such magazines as Vogue. In the late 1950s, she began to focus on her own photography. To further her art, Arbus studied with photographer Lisette Model around this time. She began to pursue taking photographs of people she found during her wanderings around New York City. She visited seedy hotels, public parks, a morgue, and other various locales. These unusual images had a raw quality and several of them found their way in the July 1960 issue of Esquire magazine. These photographs were a spring board for more work for Arbus.

By the mid-1960s, Diane Arbus was a well-established photographer, participating in shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York among other places. She was known for going to great lengths to get the shots she wanted. She became friends with many other famous photographers, such as Richard Avedon and Walker Evans.

While professionally Arbus continued to thrive in the late 1960s, she had some personal challenges. Her marriage ended in 1969, and she later struggled with depression. She committed suicide in her New York apartment on July 26, 1971. Her work remains a subject of intense interest, and her life was part of the basis of the 2006 film, Fur, starring Nicole Kidman as Arbus.


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Ethical Culture School and Fieldston School, NY until 1940
Studied photography with Lisette Model, NY 1955-57


"Mastrepieces & Curiosities: Diane Arbus' Jewish Giant" The Jewish Museum , New York, NY. April 11th - August 3rd 3014


"Diane Arbus: 1971 - 1956," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (October 31 - December 28, 2013)


"Diane Arbus: Affinities," Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (June 26 - August 18, 2012)
"Diane Arbus: Guggenheim Grants, 1963-1967," KMR Arts, Washington Depot, CT
(October 26 - December 29, 2012)


Diane Arbus Retrospective, Jeu de Paume, Paris (October 17, 2011 -
February 12, 2012); Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Zurich (March 3 - May 28, 2012);
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (June 21 - September 24, 2012); FOAM, Amsterdam
(October 15 - January 13, 2013)
"Diane Arbus: People and Other Singularities," Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills,
April 19 - May 28, 2011
"Diane Arbus," Peder Lund, September 3 - October 8, 2011


"Diane Arbus: Christ in a lobby and Other Unknown or Almost Known Works
Selected by Robert Gober," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Diane Arbus: In the Absence of Others," Cheim & Read, New York
"Diane Arbus," La Fabrica Galleria, Madrid, Spain, May 27 - July 23, 2010


"Diane Arbus," Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (60 photographs)
"Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus," National Museum, Cardiff (69 photographs)
2008-09 "Diane Arbus: A Printed Retrospective, 1960-1971," Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
(selected Arbus photographs as reproduced in their original magazine format,
curated by Pierre Leguillon)


"Something Was There: Early Work by Diane Arbus," Fraenkel Gallery,
San Francisco (60 photographs)


"Diane Arbus: Other Faces, Other Rooms," Robert Miller Gallery, New York (49


"Diane Arbus: Family Albums," Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (September 2-
December 7, 2004) ; Grey Art Gallery, New York (January 13-March 27,2004);
Portland Art Museum, Maine (June 5-September 6, 2004); Spencer Museum of Art ,
Kansas (October 16, 2004-January 16, 2005)


"Diane Arbus: Revelations," (200 photographs and supplementary ephemera) San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (November 25, 2003 - February 8,
2004); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (February 29 - May 30, 2004); Museum of
Fine Arts, Houston (June 27 - August 29, 2004); The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York (March 8 - May 30, 2005); Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (June 17 -
September 18, 2005); Victoria & Albert Museum, London (October 13, 2005 - January DIANE ARBUS
15, 2006) Fundació la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain (February 14-March 15, 2006); Walker
Art Center, Minneapolis (July 9 - October 8, 2006)


"Diane Arbus: A Box of Ten Photographs, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


"Diane Arbus: Untitled 1969-1971," Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany


"Diane Arbus," Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


"Diane Arbus: Women," Galleria Photology, Milan


"Diane Arbus: Women," Robert Miller Gallery, New York


"Untitled: Diane Arbus," PaceWildenstein, Los Angeles


"The Movies: Photographs from 1956 to 1958," Robert Miller Gallery, New York


"Diane Arbus: Untitled 1970-71," Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles


"Diane Arbus," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Diane Arbus," Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation, Toronto (90 photographs curated
by Ydessa Hendeles)
"Diane Arbus," Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, [includes Portfolio]
"Diane Arbus: Photographs," Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago
"Diane Arbus: Untitled 1970-71," Robert Miller Gallery, New York


"Diane Arbus: Nineteen Faces," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Alice Neel and Diane Arbus: Children," Robert Miller Gallery, New York
"Diane Arbus," Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA


"Diane Arbus," Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX


"Diane Arbus: Couples," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


"Diane Arbus: Untitled Photographs 1970-71," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Diane Arbus: Early Works 1956-1962," Robert Miller Gallery, New York
"Diane Arbus," Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
"Diane Arbus," Helios Gallery, New York


"Diane Arbus," American Center, Paris, [curated by Madeleine Deschamps and
Doon Arbus]
"Diane Arbus," La Fundacion "la Caixa", Barcelona, Spain (April - May) [curated by
Alain Dupuy]; (traveled to La Fundacion "la Caixa", Madrid (September - October)
"Diane Arbus," Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
"Diane Arbus," Light Factory, Charlotte, NC.


"Diane Arbus," G.H. Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD


"Diane Arbus: Masgazine Work 1960-1971," Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of
Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, (traveled to: Minneapolis Institute of Arts,
Minneapolis (May - June, 1984); University of Kentucky Museum, Lexington
(October - December, 1984); University Art Museum, California State University,
Long Beach (January - February, 1985); Neuberger Museum, State University of New
York at Purchase, Purchase (April - June, 1985); Wellesley College Museum,
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (September - October, 1985); The Philadelphia
Museum of Art, Philadelphia (February - March, 1986)


"Diane Arbus: Portraits on Assignment," Robert Miller Gallery, New York, (traveled
to Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)


"Diane Arbus," The Baker Gallery, Kansas City, MO
"Diane Arbus," Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy


"Diane Arbus: Photographs," Palazzo della Cento Finestre, Florence, 60 Fotographie
[under the auspices of Idea Books, curated by Doon Arbus]; (traveled to Palazzo
Fortuny, Venice and Pallazzo della Esposizioni, Milan)
"Diane Arbus: Photographs," Carl Soloway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


"Diane Arbus," Berner Photo-Gallery, Bern, Switzerland
"Diane Arbus: Published and Unpublished Images," Edwynn Houk Gallery, Chicago
"Diane Arbus," Yuen Lui Gallery, Seattle, WA


"Diane Arbus," Carl Soloway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


"Diane Arbus: Vintage Unpublished Photographs," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Diane Arbus," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
"Diane Arbus: Vintage Unpublished Photographs," Robert Miller Gallery, New YorkDIANE ARBUS
"Diane Arbus (with Deborah Baker)," David Dawson Gallery, London


"Diane Arbus," Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago
"Diane Arbus," Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany (with Robert Frank)


Lunn Gallery, Washington, DC
"Diane Arbus," Rosalind Solomon a la Galerie Zabriskie, Paris


"Diane Arbus," Helios Gallery, NY
Galerie Schellmann und Kluser, Munich, Germany


"Diane Arbus: Retrospective," Seibu Museum, Tokyo, [118 photographs; curated by
Doon Arbus and Marvin Israel]; (traveled to: Hayward Gallery, Arts Council of Great
Britain, London (1974); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (1974); Scottish Arts
Council, Edinburgh, Scotland (1974); Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The
Netherlands (1974); Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh, Amsterdam (1974);
Lenbachhaus Städtische Galerie, Munich (1975); Von der Heydt Museum,
Wupperthal, Germany (1975); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1976); 1976-78
toured fourteen galleries and museums throughout Australia under the auspices of
the Australian Arts Council, including the Australian Centre for Photography,
Sydney (1977); 1978-79 toured seven galleries and museums throughout New
Zealand under the auspices of the Arts Council of New Zealand)


"Diane Arbus: 10 Photos," Martin Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
"Diane Arbus," Helios Gallery, New York
"Diane Arbus: Photographs," Lunn Gallery, Washington, DC


"Diane Arbus," Museum of Modern Art, New York, [125 photographs, curated by
John Szarkowski); (traveled to: Baltimore (1973); Worcester Art Museum, Worcester,
MA (1973); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1973); Walker Art Center,
Minneapolis (1974); The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1974); Detroit Institute
of Arts, Detroit (1974); Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio, TX (1974); New
Orleans Art Museum, New Orleans (1974); University Art Museum, University of
California, Berkeley (1975); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (1975); Florida Center for
the Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa (1975); Krannert Art Museum,
University of Illinois, Champaign (1975)


"Diane Arbus Portfolio: 10 Photos," Venice Biennale, Venice,


"New Documents," Museum of Modern Art, New York, (30 photographs, curated
by John Szarkowski){with Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand]


"Portraits of America, Diane Arbus and Cady Nolan" Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY,  February 7th - May 23rd 2014


"This Infinite World - Set of 10 from the Collection of Fotomuseum Winterhur,
Zurich, June 8, 2013 - February 9, 2014


"Through the Looking Glass," me Collectors Room, Berlin, April 21 - May 15, 2012
"Mutables," Eli Ridgeway Gallery, San Francisco, September 22 - October 27, 2012


"Photography Calling!" Sprengel Museum, Hanover, October 9, 2011 - January 15, 2012


"Disquieting Images," Triennale di Milano, October 18, 2010 - January 9, 2011
"Gaze: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Katy Grannan, Jocelyn Lee, Lisette Model,
Susan Paulsen," Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, February 11 - March 20, 2010


"Le Choc de la Photographie Americaine," Bibliotheque Nationale de France
(selected Diane Arbus photographs from the permanent collection)


"Arbus, Avedon, Sander," Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
"People," Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York


"All the More Real," Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
"Rockers Island. Olbricht Collection," Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
"Second View," Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany
"New York, NY," Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

"Americans", Kunsthalle Wien, AustriaDIANE ARBUS


"Eye of the Beholder: Photographs from the Collection of Richard Avedon,"
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York (August 30-September 16, 2006); Fraenkel Gallery,
San Francisco (October 5-November 25, 2006) (Diane Arbus' A Box of Ten
Photographs, inscribed "for RA")
"Recent Acquisitions: New York Street Photography from the 1960s and 1970s," (16
Diane Arbus Coney Island photographs) New York Public Library
"Das Achte Feld/The Eight Square," Museum Ludwig Cologne, Germany
"New York, New York," Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
"In Sight," MoCP, Chicago
"Senza di loro, nemmeno io," Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy
"The Construction of the Other," Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
"Tendenzen internationaler Fotografie," Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
"Portrait und Menschenbild," SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany


"Speaking with Hands," Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; Guggenheim Museum,
New York; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany


"Autumn in Black and White," Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
"In the Middle of the Night," Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany
"Photographing the Museum," Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
"Bilanz in zwei Akten," Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
"Der fotografierte Mensch," Neues Museum Nürnberg, Germany


"Ghost Stories: The Disembodied Spirit," Austin Museum of Art, Austin , TX
"Claudia Reinhardt, Killing Me Softly," Pro qm, Berlin
"Menschenbilder," Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
"Photographers of Genius," Getty Museum, Los Angeles
"From House to Home," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,
"Street Credibility," Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


"Cruel and Tender," Tate Modern, London; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
"Partners: Collector and Curator Ydessa Hendeles' View of 20th Century Art," Haus
der Kunst, Munich
"Art, Lies and Videotape," Tate Liverpool, Great Britain
"A Clear Vision", Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany


Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, Photo San Francisco 2003
"Gogh Modern,"Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
"Pictures from Within," Whitney Museum, New York
"Flesh Tones," Robert Mann Gallery, New York
"American Dream: A Survey," Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York


"Eye to Eye," Groninger Museum, Holland


"American Standard: (Para)Normality and Everyday Life," Barbara Gladstone
Gallery, New York


J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL, (November 30, 2001 - January 31, 2002


"Voice, Image, Gesture: Selections from The Jewish Museum's Collection, 1945 -
2000," The Jewish Museum, New York
"Homage to the Square: Picturing Washington Square, 1890-1865," Berry-Hill
Galleries, Inc.


"Open Ends (Innocence and Experience) ," The Museum of Modern Art, New York,
(September 28, 2000-January 2, 2001)


"How You Look At It," Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany


"The American Century, Part 2,"Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
"I'm Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century," Susquehanna Art
Museum, Harrisburg, PA


"American Playhouse: The Theatre of Self-Presentation," Power Plant Contemporary
Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
"Private Ficcions," Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain


"Tibet House Benefit Exhibition," Robert Miller Gallery, New York
46. Biennial Venice 1995, Venice, ItalyDIANE ARBUS


"Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art," Cleveland Center for
Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
"American Politicians," The Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Supreme Shots: Fashion Photography Since 1948," Photology, Milan
"Pictures of the Real World," Le Consortium, Dijon, France, [curated by Robert
Nickas]; (traveled to: Le Capitou, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Frejus, France;
Städtische Gallerie, Goppingen, Germany; Galleria Massimo De Carlo; Hara Museum
of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)

1993 "

Artists by Artists," Forum Gallery, New York
"Gesture and Nuance: The Photographic Portrait," Rena Bransten Gallery, San
"Saint in the City," Tom Cugliani Gallery, New York


"This Sporting Life, 1878-1989," High Museum of Art, Atlanta, (May 16, 1992 - August 29, 1993


"The New York School- Photographs 1936-1963," Sandra Berler, Chevy Chase, MD
1992 "Pantheon of Photography," Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik
Deutschland GmbH, Bonn, Germany
"Diane Arbus and Manuel Neri," Ginny Williams Gallery, Denver, (traveled to
Tavelli Williams Gallery, Aspen, CO)


"Appearances: Fashion Photography Since 1945", Victoria and Albert Museum,


"Presence of Portraits" , Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (November
28, 1990 - January 19, 1991)


"Figuring the Body" , Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
"Diane Arbus and her Artistic Lineage ", Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles
"Kunstlerinnen des 20 Jahrhunderts", Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
"Lovers," Jane Corkin Gallery, Toronto
"Arbus and Weegee: Photographs," Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA
"Alfred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus," G. Ray Hawkins, Los Angeles


"Suburban Home Life Tracking the American Dream," Whitney Museum of
American Art
"Photo Perception," Phyllis Rothman Gallery, Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Madison, NJ
"The Art of Photography 1839-1989," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, (traveled to
Australian National Gallery, Cranberra and Royal Academy of Arts, London
"On the Art of Fixing a Shadow," National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC


"Queer Landscapes," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco


"The Insistent Object: Photographs 1845-1986," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Photography and Art1946-86," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
"Some Sixties Works," Robert Miller Gallery, New York


"American Images: Photography 1945-1980," Barbican Art Gallery, London, (traveled
to Bradbord, England and Edinburgh, Scotland)


"The Human Condition," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco


"Floods of Light," The Photographers' Gallery, London


"Sander, Model, Arbus," Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
"Temporary Photography Gallery Installation," Museum of Modern Art, New York


"American Children," Museum of Modern Art, New York


"The Magical Eye: Definitions of Photography," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa


"Photographie als Kunst 1879-1979," Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum,
Innsbruck, Austria (traveled to: Neue Galerie am Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum, Linz,
Austria; Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria; and Museum
des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna)


"Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960," Museum of Modern
Art, New York, (toured the United States (1978 - 80)


"The Presence of Walker Evans," Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MADIANE ARBUS
"Arbus/Krims/Michals," Galerie Schellmann und Kluser, Munich, Germany


"Lisette Model, Diane Arbus, Rosalind Solomon," Galerie Zabriskie, Paris
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY, "Fashion Photography";
(traveled to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San
Francisco; Cincinnati Art Institute, Cincinnati; and Museum of Fine Arts, St.
Petersburg, FL)
Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany


"Women of Photography," San Francisco Museum of Art (toured the United States
(1975 - 77)


36. Biennial Venice, Venice, Italy {10 photographs from "A box of ten photographs"}


"New Photography U.S.A.," Museum of Modern Art, New York (toured the United
States and Canada)


"Thirteen Photographers," Pratt Institute, New York
"Human Concern/Personal Torment: The Grotesque in American Art," Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York
"New Photography U.S.A.," Museum of Modern Art, New York
"10 Photographers," U.S. Pavilion, Japan World Exhibition, Osaka, Japan


"Photography in the 20th Century," National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, (toured
Canada and the United States (1967 - 1973)


"Guggenheim Group Show," Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA


"Recent Acquisitions: Photography," Museum of Modern Art, New York
"Invitational Exhibition: 10 American Photographers," School of Fine Arts,
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


"The Family of Man," (with Allan Arbus), Museum of Modern Art, New York


Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, CA
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MNs
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Morgan Library, New York
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The New York Public Library, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CADIANE ARBUS
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Gallery, London
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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