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Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971). "Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, New York". Original photogravure. 1962. Printed 1978. Stamped with photographer's name, verso. High-grade archival paper. Ample margins. Fine, qualty printing. Very good to fine condition; with tissue guard. Overall size: 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (400 x 295 mm). Image size: 9 15/16 x 10 in. (252 x 254 mm). Arbus’s direct, confrontational approach to photography meant that her subjects did not always like their portraits. After seeing his, the writer Norman Mailer famously said, "giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child". Here the grenade is just a toy, yet Arbus again makes an unconventional portrait of her subject. On the contact sheet, it is evident that Arbus did make ‘typical’ portraits of the boy smiling, but she chose to print only this unusual shot. He stands stiffly, his hands clenched like claws, with a crazed expression on his face. The portrait seems sinister, yet it could reflect something more ordinary – the exasperation of any child made to stand still and have his picture taken (courtesy National Gallery of Scotland). Image copyright © 1972 The Estate of Diane Arbus, LLC. [27158-3-800]

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123: DIANE ARBUS - Child with a Toy Hand Grenade in

Estimate $1,200 - $1,500Jan 26, 2018