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The beauty of oddity: Diane Arbus in Foam

October 16, 2012

A young Brooklyn family going for a Sunday outing NYC 1966 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Foam has currently closed its doors to prepare the extra large exhibition Diane Arbus that officially opens at 25th of October.
This extraordinary retrospective shows 200 works of the late Arbus, who was often called ‘the photographer of the freaks’, and found most of her subjects in New York City. The 200 photos have been made during the 1950s and 1960s: contemporary anthropology-portraits of couples, children, carnival performers, nudists, middle-class families, transvestites, zealots, eccentrics, and celebrities-stands as an allegory of the human experience.

Woman with a veil on Fifth Avenue, NYC 1968 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus at Foam not only shows Arbus’ work, but also a glimpse of her life and working methods. To explore in three additional separate galleries containing biographical material, books, personal notebooks, correspondence and other writings in which the artist articulates the goals, obstacles, and strategies that went into making the pictures.

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.” – Diane Arbus (1923 – 1971)

Identical twins, Roselle NJ 1967 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

A young man in curlers at home on West 20th Street, NYC 1966 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus @ Foam
Keizersgracht 609
Amsterdam
October 25, 2012 – January 13, 2013

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