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欧文 佩恩

Irving Penn

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Installation view, "Irving Penn," April 11 - May 26, 2019, Pace Gallery, Palo Alto © The Irving Penn Foundation.

Irving Penn Hippie Family (Kelley), San Francisco, 1967. gelatin silver print mounted to board, image and paper, 18 1/8 x 16 7/8 inches; mount, 23 x 23 inches.

Irving Penn Hippie Family (Kelley), San Francisco, 1967. gelatin silver print mounted to board, image and paper, 18 1/8 x 16 7/8 inches; mount, 23 x 23 inches.

Irving Penn Hell's Angels, San Francisco, 1967. platinum palladium print mounted to aluminum, image, 18 5/8 x 22 1/2 inchespaper, 22 x 24 7/8 inchesmount, 22 x 26 inches.

Irving Penn Hell's Angels, San Francisco, 1967. platinum palladium print mounted to aluminum, image, 18 5/8 x 22 1/2 inchespaper, 22 x 24 7/8 inchesmount, 22 x 26 inches.

About 欧文 佩恩

歐文・佩恩 (Irving Penn,1917-2009) 出生於新澤西州Plainfield市。1934年至1938年,他在費城博物館工業藝術學院(Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art) 專攻設計,師從阿列克謝・布魯多維奇(Alexey Brodovitch)。他在墨西哥繪畫一年後回到紐約市,1943年開始在《Vogue》雜誌工作,當時的藝術總監為亞歷山大・利伯曼(Alexander Liberman)。 佩恩為美國和國外商業客戶如《Vogue》拍攝作品幾近七十年。無論是別樹一格的時尚形象、光彩奪目的肖像畫或扣人心弦的靜物畫,每張照片均具有佩恩只此一家的簡約優雅審美風格。 除了編輯、廣告和個人作品外,佩恩也是一位版畫大師。1964年開始,他開創了一種鉑鈀印刷的複雜技術。鉑鈀印刷本來是一種十九世紀的印刷工藝,而佩恩將其應用在二十世紀的材料之上,開創先河。 佩恩一生曾在超過四十所博物館舉行重要展覽,包括紐約現代藝術博物館(The Museum of Modern Art)、華盛頓國家藝廊(The National Gallery of Art)、洛杉磯保羅蓋蒂博物館(The J. Paul Getty Museum),及2017年在紐約大都會藝術博物館 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)舉行的百歲紀念展覽。

Press Release

  • Irving Penn

    “In 1967 there was word coming out of San Francisco of something stirring—new ways of living that were exotic even for California. People spoke of a new kind of young people called hippies, and of an area where they had begun to congregate called Haight-Ashbury. They seemed to have found a satisfying new life for themselves in leaving the society they were born to and in making their own. … It grew on me that I would like to look into the faces of these new San Francisco people through a camera in a daylight studio, against a simple background, away from their own daily circumstances. I suggested to the editors of Look magazine that they might care to have such a report. They said yes—hurry.”—Irving Penn, Worlds in a Small Room, (Grossman, 1974) 50

    Palo Alto— In 1967 armed with a Rolleiflex, Irving Penn came to San Francisco. He rented a building in Sausalito that allowed him to photograph under plenty of northern light, with beams strong enough to bear the weight of the Hell’s Angels’ motorcycles. This studio—like countless studios Penn used over the course of his career—became a neutral space where the photographer and subject could focus on the task at hand to capture individual expression. Photographing them in his signature smooth pared-down style, Irving Penn brought equal consideration and expertise into his work with young hippie couples, motorcyclists, and radical nude dancers as he did with celebrated actors, artists, and luminaries of his time. Decades later, Pace Gallery is honored to bring the work of Irving Penn to the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The exhibition at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto will highlight Penn’s work in the Bay Area while contextualizing these pieces in his larger oeuvre. Rare streetscape works from a 1947 visit to San Francisco will be on view, including Lone Star Baptist Church, 99-Year-Old House, and House Front. The exhibit will feature over a dozen photographs from Penn’s return visit to San Francisco for Look magazine in 1967. Highlights include Hell’s Angels, and Hippie Family (Kelley). The latter is a sensitive portrait where the mother looks directly into the camera lens with an open expression, while the father, in a quarter pose, looks at the lens from a side glance. He clutches the child tightly against his chest and away from the camera, as if in protection from the viewer’s watchful gaze. The complexity with which Penn has photographed the family reveals his renowned gift in extracting the nuances of personality and social relationships.

    Penn was not only one of the most seminal photographers of the 20th century, but he was also a master craftsman and innovator in photographic printing. The exhibition will present works made in gelatin silver, cibachrome, and platinum-palladium. Until Penn began using the process in the mid-1960s, platinum-palladium printing was regarded as a 19th century technique that had mostly gone extinct. Penn’s method required incredible stamina and an alchemist’s touch as he hand-coated paper with a light sensitive solution of platinum and palladium, then exposed each sheet multiple times through his large-scale film negatives using ultra-violet lamps. This printing process would take days to complete but gave a delicacy to the photographs and infused them with a soft internal glow that can be seen in Bird Bones (Sweden), New York (1980) and Hippie Family (Ferguson), San Francisco (1967).

    Irving Penn will be on view from April 11 until May 26, 2019 at Pace Gallery located at 229 Hamilton Ave in Palo Alto. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 4 – 7 PM.

    Irving Penn (1917–2009) was born in Plainfield, New Jersey. From 1934–38, he studied design with Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art. Following a year painting in Mexico, he returned to New York City and began working at Vogue magazine in 1943, where Alexander Liberman was art director.

    Penn photographed for Vogue and commercial clients in America and abroad for nearly 70 years. Whether an innovative fashion image, striking portrait or compelling still life, each of Penn’s pictures bears his trademark style of elegant aesthetic simplicity.

    Penn has had over 40 major museum exhibitions in his lifetime including shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and his Centennial opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2017 and toured at the Grand Palais, Paris, France; C/O Berlin, Germany; and the Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo, Brazil.