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"Giving a Camera to Diane Arbus Is Like Putting a Live Grenade Into the Hands of a Child" --Norman Mailer

Diane Arbus: People and Other Singularities opens at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills this week. Although the years covered in the survey are 1956-71, the level of interest and excitement in the work of this iconic artistic personality remains as intense as ever — an obsession fueled by the inclusion of several never-before-exhibited images. Arbus is known, of course, for her portraiture; her most famous and reproduced images, such as "A Jewish giant at home with his parents in the Bronx, N.Y., 1970," and "Identical twins, Roselle, N.J., 1966," will be shown in order to prevent a fan riot, as will a later untitled volume of works snapped at psychiatric hospitals. But even in the face, no pun intended, of an army of beloved, eccentric portrait photos, Gagosian manages a twist on the presentation of Arbus' already slightly twisted creative vision, including several allegorical counterparts to these portraits in the form of architectural and public spaces Arbus depicted during her travels across the country and, notably, to Los Angeles. As the exhibition's title suggests, Arbus' uncanny insight into humanity and the permutations of our social nature also extends to the structures and environments we create.
Tue., April 19, 6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 19. Continues through May 28, 2011

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