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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchIrving PennBornJune 16, 1917
Plainfield, New Jersey, USDiedOctober 7, York City,New York, U.S.OccupationPhotographerSpouse(s)Lisa death)Children1FamilyArthur Penn(younger brother)
Irving Penn(June 16, 1917– October 7, 2009)was an American photographer known for hisfashion photography,portraits, andstill lifes. Penn's career included work atVoguemagazine, and independent advertising work for clients includingIssey MiyakeandClinique. His work has been exhibited internationally and continues to inform the art of photography.
ContentsEarly life and education
Penn was born to aRussian Jewishfamilyon June 16, 1917 inPlainfield, New Jersey, to Harry Penn and Sonia Greenberg. Penn's younger brother,Arthur Penn, was born in 1922 and would go on to become a film director and producer.Penn attendedAbraham Lincoln High Schoolwhere he studied graphic design withLeon Friend.
Penn attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now theUniversity of the Arts) from 1934 to 1938, where he studied drawing, painting, graphics, and industrial arts underAlexey Brodovitch. While still a student, Penn worked under Brodovitch atHarper's Bazaarwhich published several of Penn's drawings.
Penn worked for three years as a freelance designer and making his first amateur photographs before taking Brodovitch's position as the art director atSaks Fifth Avenuein 1940. Penn remained at Saks Fifth Avenue for a year before leaving to spend a year painting and taking photographs in Mexico and across the US. When Penn returned to New York,Alexander Libermanoffered him a position as an associate in theVoguemagazineArt Department. Penn worked on layout for the magazine before Liberman asked him to try photography.
Penn's first photographic cover forVoguemagazine appeared in October 1943. The art department of the Office of War Information in London offered him a job as an "artist-photographer" but he volunteered with theAmerican Field Serviceinstead.After arriving in Naples with a boatload of American troops in November 1944. Penn drove an ambulance in support of theBritish Eighth Armyas it alternately waited out weather and slogged its way north through a miserable winter in the ItalianApennines. In July 1945, he was transferred from Italy to India. He photographed the soldiers, medical operations, and camp life for the AFS, and various subjects while bivouacked in India. He sailed back to New York in November 1945.
Penn continued to work atVoguethroughout his career, photographing covers, portraits, still lifes, fashion, and photographic essays. In the 1950s, Penn founded his own studio in New York and began making advertising photographs. Over the years, Penn's list of clients grew to includeGeneral Foods,De Beers,Issey Miyake, andClinique.
Penn met Swedish fashion modelLisa Fonssagrivesat a photo shoot in 1947.In 1950, the two married atChelsea Register Office, and two years later Lisa gave birth to their son, Tom Penn, who would go on to become a metal designer.Lisa Fonssagrives died in 1992. Penn died aged 92 on October 7, 2009at his home style="margin: 0.5em 0px;">Best known for his fashion photography,Penn's repertoire also includes portraits of creative greats; ethnographic photographs from around the world;Moderniststill lifes of food, bones, bottles, metal, and found objects; and photographic travel essays.
Penn was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and he effectively used its simplicity.Expanding his austere studio surroundings, Penn constructed a set of upright angled backdrops, to form a stark, acute corner. Subjects photographed with this technique includedMartha Graham,Marcel Duchamp,Pablo Picasso,Georgia O'Keeffe,W. H. Auden, andIgor Stravinsky.
Penn's still life compositions are sparse and highly organized,assemblages of food or objects that articulate the abstract interplay of line and volume. Penn's photographs are composed with a great attention to detail, which continues into his craft of developing and making prints of his photographs. Penn experimented with many printing techniques, including prints made on aluminum sheets coated with a platinum emulsion rendering the image with a warmth that untoned silver prints lacked.His black and white prints are notable for their deep contrast, giving them a clean, crisp look.
While steeped in the Modernist tradition, Penn also ventured beyond creative boundaries. The exhibitionEarthly Bodiesconsisted of series of posed nudes whose physical shapes range from thin to plump; while the photographs were taken in 1949 and 1950, they were not exhibited until 1980.
1975:Irving Penn: Recent Works, Photographs of Cigarettes, Museum of Modern Art, New York
- 1975:I Platini di Irving Penn: 25 Anni di Fotografia, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin
- 1975:Irving Penn: Platinum Plates,The Photographers' Gallery, London
- 1977:Irving Penn: Street Material. Photographs in Platinum Metals, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- 1980: Exhibition at the Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, California
- 1984:Irving Penn, a retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
- 1986:Irving Penn: Printemps des arts de Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo
- 1990:Irving Penn: Master Images, National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- 1990:Irving Penn: Platinum Test Material, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
- 1994:Irving Penn: Collection Privée/Privatsammlung, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Fribourg, Switzerland
- 1995:Irving Penn Photographs: A Donation in Memory of Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
- 1997:Le Bain: Dancers' Workshop of San Francisco, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
- 1997:Irving Penn: A Career in Photography,The Art Institute of Chicago
- 2001:Irving Penn: Objects (Still Lifes) for the Printed Page, Museum Folkwang, Essen
- 2002:Dancer: 1999 Nudes by Irving Penn, Whitnew Museum of American Art, New York
- 2002:Earthly Bodies: Irving Penn's Nudes, 1949–1950, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- 2004:Dahomey (1967), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
- 2005:Irving Penn: Platinum Prints, theNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
- 2008:Close Encounters, Morgan Library & Museum, New York
- 2009:The Small Trades,J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles:a collection of 252 full-length portraits by Penn from 1950 to 1951
- 2010: Exhibition at theNational Portrait Gallery (London): an exhibit of over 120 portraits of people from the worlds of literature, music and the visual and performing arts
- 2012:Irving Penn: Diverse Worlds, Museum of Modern Art (Moderna Museet), Malmö, Sweden
- 2013:Irving Penn: On Assignment, Pace Gallery, New York City, New York.
- 2015-2016:Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, career retrospective of 146 photographs at theSmithsonian American Art Museum.
- 2017:Irving Penn: Centennial,Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City;Irving Penn - Le Centenaire,Grand Palais, Paris.
The Art Institute of Chicago holds the Irving Penn Paper and Photographic Archives, which were donated to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and the Department of Photography in 1995. In addition, the Art Institute of Chicago has more than 200 of Penn's fine art prints in its collection, and has mounted several exhibitions of work by the artist including the retrospectiveIrving Penn: A Career in Photography(1997–1998) which traveled internationally as well asIrving Penn: Underfoot(2013).
TheSmithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)possesses a large collection of Penn's works, including a silver gelatin print of Penn'sThe Tarot Reader, a photograph from 1949 ofJean Tichenor.In 2013, the museum received 100 images as a gift from the Irving Penn Foundation, significantly increasing the number of Penn's works in the collection to 161 images.The Irving Penn Foundation's gift formed the basis of the exhibition,Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty,which was shown at SAAM before traveling to other museum venues around the United States.
Richard MeierFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to navigationJump to searchRichard MeierMeier in New York City, April 2009BornOctober 12, 1934(age85)
Newark, New Jersey, Prize(1984)
AIA Gold Medal(1997)PracticeRichard Meier & PartnersBuildingsBarcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
City Hall and Central Library, The Hague
Getty Center, Los AngelesWebsitewww.richardmeier.com
Richard Meier(born October 12, 1934) is an Americanabstract artistandarchitect, whose geometric designs make prominent use of the color white.A winner of thePritzker Architecture Prizein 1984, Meier has designed several iconic buildings including theBarcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, theGetty CenterinLos Angeles, andSan Jose City Hall.
Meier was born to oldest of three sons of Carolyn (Kaltenbacher) and Jerome Meier, a wholesale wine and liquor salesman,inNewark, New Jersey.He grew up in nearbyMaplewood,where he attendedColumbia High School. He earned aBachelor of Architecturedegree fromCornell Universityin 1957.
After graduating, Meier traveled andItaly, among other places, to network with architects.
Meier is also the second cousin ofPeter Eisenman, an architect, theorist, and fellow member ofThe New York Five.
CareerRichard Meier (1986)
InNew York City, Meier worked forSkidmore, Owings and Merrillbriefly in 1959, and then forMarcel Breuerfor three years, prior to starting his own practice in 1963. In 1972, he was identified as one ofThe New York Five, a group of modernist architects: Meier,Peter Eisenman,Michael Graves,Charles Gwathmey, andJohn Hejduk. Early in his career, Meier worked with artists such as painterFrank Stellaand favored structures that were white and geometric.
Meier first gained significant recognition for his designs of various residences, in addition toThe AtheneuminNew Harmony, Indiana(1979) and theHigh Museum of ArtinAtlanta, Georgia(1983).
Although Meier was an acclaimed architect for many years, his design of theGetty Center, a massive museum complex inLos Angeles, California, which opened in 1997, catapulted him into mainstream recognition. Some of his other notable commissions include museums such as theBarcelona Museum of Contemporary ArtinSpain(1995) and thePaley Center for MediainBeverly Hills, California(1996);The Hague, The NetherlandsCity Hall (1995) andSan Jose City Hall(2005); commercial buildings such as the reconstruction ofCity TowerinPrague, Czech Republic(2008); and residential buildings such as173 and 176 Perry Streetin theWest Villageof Manhattan (2002) andMeier on RothschildinTel Aviv, Israel(2015).
Today, Richard Meier & Partners Architects has offices in New York and Los Angeles, with projects ranging from China and Tel Aviv to Paris and Hamburg.
Much of Meier's work builds on the work of architects of the early to mid-20th century, especially that ofLe Corbusier, particularly his early work. Meier is considered to have built more using Corbusier's ideas than anyone, including Le Corbusier himself.Meier expanded many ideas evident in Le Corbusier's work, particularly theVilla Savoyeand the Swiss Pavilion.
His work also reflects the influences of other designers such asMies Van der Roheand, in some instances,Frank Lloyd WrightandLuis Barragán(without the colour). White has been used in many architectural landmark buildings throughout history, including cathedrals and the white-washed villages of the Mediterranean region, in Spain, southern Italy and Greece.
The Mayor of Rome,Gianni Alemanno, included in his campaign platform a promise to tear down the large travertine wall of Meier'sAra Pacis.Alemmano has since changed his stance on the building and has agreed with Meier to modifications including drastically reducing the height of the wall between an open-air space outside the museum and a busy road along the Tiber river. The city plans to build a wide pedestrian area along the river and run the road underneath it. "It's an improvement," says Meier, adding that "the reason that wall was there has to do with traffic and noise. Once that is eliminated, the idea of opening the piazza to the river is a good one." The mayor’s office said Alemanno hopes to complete the project before the end of his term in 2013.
In 1984, Meier was awarded thePritzker Prize.The jury citation declared that Meier has "created structures which are personal, vigorous, original."In 2008, he won the gold medal in architecture from the Academy of Arts and Lettersand his work Jesolo Lido Village was awarded theDedalo Minosse International Prize for commissioning a building.Meier is a Senior Fellow of theDesign Futures Council.He was awarded theAIA Gold Medalin 1997.In 2013, he was awarded the A+ Lifetime Achievement Award.In 2010, Cornell established a new professorship named for Meier.
Paying tribute Meier on the occasion of his firm's 50th anniversary, the Fondazione Bisazza presented the exhibition “Richard Meier: Architecture and Design” inVicenza, Italy.
In 2014, Meier opened a 15,000-square-foot exhibition space museum atMana ContemporaryinJersey City.The space gathers much of his life’s work under one roof, and replaces a much smaller version that opened in 2007 inLong Island City, Queens, and that until 2013 was open only by appointment to students and tour groups. The new venue provides room to show his own sculptures, architectural drawings and collages for the first time, and is planned to include a research library.