A Major RetrospectiveIrving Penn

An acute graphic intelligence and a sculptor’s
sensitivity to volumes in light

Irving Penn: Centennial is the most comprehensive exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art of the great American photographer’s work to date and will include both masterpieces and hitherto unknown prints from all his major series. This major retrospective marks the centennial of the artist’s birth, over the course of his nearly 70-year career, Irving Penn mastered a pared-down aesthetic of studio photography that is distinguished for its meticulous attention to composition, nuance, detail, and printmaking. The exhibition at The Met will map the overall geography of the work and the relative importance of the subjects and campaigns the artist explored most creatively. Its organization largely follows the pattern of his development so that the structure of the work, its internal coherence, and the tenor of the times of the artist’s experience all become evident. On view until July 30, here more information.