Cardi Gallery opens a comprehensive exhibition of Irving Penn's work

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Cardi Gallery opens a comprehensive exhibition of Irving Penn's work
Irving Penn, Black and White Vogue Cover (Jean Patchett), New York, 1950, Gelatin silver print mounted to Strathmore paper, 43.8 x 40.3 cm (17 1/4 x 15 7/8 in) © Condé Nast.

MILAN.- Cardi Gallery Milan is presenting Irving Penn, a comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s oeuvre that offers the opportunity to experience the breadth of Irving Penn’s artistic practice for the first time in over 30 years in Milan, Italy.

Spanning over two floors of exhibition space, the show explores Penn’s signature fashion photography and beyond, including a separate first floor solely dedicated to the artist’s work related to Italy. Presenting a remarkably diverse body of work stretching from the 1940s to the 1990s, this exhibition showcases photographs from nearly all chapters of Penn’s seminal artistic career. In collaboration with The Irving Penn Foundation, Irving Penn takes place September 9–December 22, 2021.

Considered to be one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Irving Penn (1917–2009) radically modernised photography as a medium, creating a canon that would manifest a rich and influential legacy of commercial and personal work. Mentored by the legendary photographer and art director Alexey Brodovitch, Penn began working as a commercial artist for Harper’s Bazaar in the late 1930s and later for American Vogue in the early 1940s. Encouraged by Alexander Liberman, editorial director at Vogue, he committed to professional photography in 1943.

Over the next sixty years, Penn photographed more than 150 covers for Vogue and produced thousands of ground-breaking editorials celebrated for their formal simplicity and use of natural light. Penn’s artistic contributions for Vogue formed an unprecedented legacy which, in the words of the magazine’s EditorinChief Anna Wintour, “changed the way people saw the world and our perception of what is beautiful”. Breaking all conventions, Penn approached photography as an artist, expanding the medium’s creative potential at a time when the photograph was primarily understood as a means of communication.

The exhibition brings together remarkable masterpieces that situate Penn’s work in the context of various artistic, social, and political subjects. On display are some of his most iconic motifs, ranging from captivating portraits of celebrities and cultural groups, to imposing images of street debris and surreal still-lifes. On a constant quest for authenticity, Irving Penn introduces the artist as one who took inspiration from familiar objects, that sought beauty in environments of reduced noise and minimal aesthetic, resulting in a distilled visual language characterised by arresting elegance.

Works such as Dahomey Children (1967) or Early Hippies (1967) on the gallery’s ground floor document Penn’s deep exploration of cultures and communities on the fringes of modernised society. Juxtaposed with a selection of beauty and fashion editorials produced for Vogue, such as the iconic Black and White Vogue Cover (1950) and Bee (1995), this grouping encapsulates the artist’s dominating commercial practice that remained groundbreakingly innovative over many decades.

United on the first floor of the gallery are works dedicated to Italy. Ranging from Penn’s classical portraits of some of the country’s most prominent figures of the 20th century – such as artist Giorgio De Chirico (1944), singer Luciano Pavarotti (1980) and actress Sophia Loren (1962) – to photographs made in Italy during the Second World War and upon his return in 1948 while on assignment with writer Edmond Charles-Roux, this collection represents a formative body of work that would, in Penn’s own words, make him “a professional photographer”. Illuminating the importance of Italy within the lensman’s biography, this exhibition offers a unique focus on his admiration for the country.

Working amid a fast-changing culture and society, Penn produced exacting photographs that proved timeless throughout some of the 20th century’s most tumultuous periods. Penn’s masterful use of lighting and photographic materials, highlighted by his revival of the platinum-palladium process and experiments with gelatine silver printing, would lend each of his works an incredibly distinctive character with unprecedent detail and texture. IRVING PENN underlines this unique visual language that draws on signs revealing the real word and its truth, situating the photographer as a defining stylistic genius whose legacy has greatly influenced our contemporary cultures.

Cardi Gallery would like to thank Pace Gallery for their generous collaboration on this exhibition.

Today's News

September 14, 2021

Sculptor Tony Rosenthal's personal collection debuts at Roland Auctions NY

Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Czech Republic announce the return of an Italian pageant shield

Sotheby's to offer the personal collection of Richard L. Feigen this fall in New York

Janet Borden, Inc. opens a new exhibition of photographs by Neil Winokur

Unearthed at a British golf course: A log coffin from the Bronze Age

Cardi Gallery opens a comprehensive exhibition of Irving Penn's work

Lucy Lacoste Gallery announces the passing of renowned ceramic sculptor Arnie Zimmerman

Huma Bhabha opens first solo exhibition with Xavier Hufkens

Prestel publishes 'Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women' by Hugo Huerta Marin

When Wes Anderson comes to town, buildings get symmetrical

Bonhams and The Connor Brothers join forces in aid of The Big Issue

'Convergent Evolutions: The Conscious of Body Work' opens at Pace

Christie's appoints Natasha Le Bel as Global Head of Communications

Molly Ott Ambler appointed Head of the Fine Art Division for Bonhams US

Nino Castelnuovo, 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' star, dies at 84

Review: Passion Fruit Dance Company brings the club to the stage

How surreal! How radical! How avant-garde! How Broadway?

Curtains up! How Broadway is coming back from its longest shutdown.

The New Art Centre opens an exhibition of work by Edward Allington and Nika Neelova

Sullivan+Strumpf opens two new online exhibitions of works by Kirsten Coelho and Jemima Wyman

Jane Lombard Gallery presents a new body of work by Sawangwongse Yawnghwe

Workplace opens an exhibition of new multi-media and installation works by Simeon Barclay

Anasa Sinegal named DEL Leader at MWPAI, ICAN

Ronchini opens an exhibition featuring new works by David Olatoye and Victor Ubah

Elusive Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin could exceed $100,000 at Heritage Auctions

The work and legacy of surrealist poet Aimé Césaire featured at The Dalí Museum this fall

Fashionable Wardrobe Essentials Every Man Should Have

EUROBIKE Live View - Electric Bikes are the absolute stars

Art Is Powerful - Especially In Your Own Home

How To Get More Likes On Your IG Account

How Design Influences Online Purchase

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful