Art lovers in Buenos Aires are in for a treat. The Met Museum is collaborating with the MALBA to exhibit one hundred photographs by Diane Arbus taken during the beginning of her New York career (1956-1962). MALBA will also present the portfolio A Box of Ten Photographs, which Arbus produced towards the end of her life.
Though The Met provides most of the works, many photos have never been viewed by the public, giving the public an unprecedented opportunity to view the themes Arbus developed in her early years that would later prove vital to her body of work. In addition to her photography, MALBA will also exhibit Spanish translations of “In the Beginning” by Jeff L. Rosenheim and “Notes From the Archive” by Karan Rinaldo, two essays on Arbus’s early photography.
A winner of the 1963 Guggenheim Fellowship, Diane Arbus is famous for her widely emulated and criticized “revolutionary” style: she acted as both street photographer and urban anthropologist, extensively researching her subjects before taking their picture. Unlike the objective approach many of her counterparts took, Arbus opted to value her personal encounter with the subject more than the photograph itself, which rendered her work both complex and controversial. She is most renowned for her series on marginalized people, particularly those with genetic disorders, and has been perceived by critics as both sensationalist and sensitive.
Regardless, her work changed photography in the US forever in the mid-20th century. This exhibition is definitely worth attending, especially in honor of the Met’s first collaboration with MALBA — hopefully, the first of many MALBA-Met collaborations.
July 14-Oct 9, 2017
El Museo de Arte Latinoamericano – MALBA
Av. Figueroa Alcorta 3415
Room 5, Level 2