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Going to Tate Modern? Forget Miro, head to the Diane Arbus room

I went to Tate Modern last week and really didn’t rate the main exhibition, a retrospective of Spanish painter Miro. I was far more excited to discover a new room dedicated entirely to American photographer Diane Arbus.

Diane Arbus Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark, N.Y.C. 1965  © The Estate of Diane Arbus Tate Modern 2011

Diane Arbus Puerto Rican woman with a beauty mark, N.Y.C. 1965 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Arbus is one of those photographers who you might think you’ve never heard of, but chances are you will have see some of her stark black and white street photographs before. I think that many are as beautiful as a page from a Vogue photo spread, which may be explained by the fact that Arbus, who died in 1971, started out as a fashion photographer.

Diane Arbus: A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y. 1970  © The Estate of Diane Arbus Tate Modern 2011

Diane Arbus: A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y. 1970 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

This exhibition features a selection of archetypal Arbus portraits. Transvestites, midgets, an albino, a giant – these were the misfits Arbus chose because they were ‘things which nobody would see unless I photographed them.’ Spread over three rooms,  the exhibit opened in May and will remain on the third floor of the Tate until March 2012. Entry is free, so take my advice: skip the big ticket Miro and instead make a beeline for ARTIST ROOMS: Diane Arbus.

Diane Arbus Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962  © The Estate of Diane Arbus Tate Modern 2011

Diane Arbus Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C. 1962 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Photos courtesy www.masters-of-photography.com

 

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2 comments on “Going to Tate Modern? Forget Miro, head to the Diane Arbus room

  1. frizztext
    July 12, 2011

    thanks for sharing!

  2. Kelly J
    August 4, 2011

    She’s my favourite photographer of all time…amazing!

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