The Penn is Way more Expensive then the sword
Irving Penn in Flowers at Pace MacGill Gallery
So Friday was an early market close.. so
rich art collector pal TeeBee & I
got to stop the newest Irving Penn show which just opened this Thursday at Pace MacGill.
First off... to
our friends those people at Pace MacGill Gallery... Please drop the rude, nasty attitude.. it's really unnecessary!!
There was 2 noticeable themes..
- These were all classic photos of flowers..
- Every photo was priced well over $25,000 each! Ouch!
Now at 89 years old, Irving Penn is a living photo legend, and still actively
signing lots of "vintage" images working. He's been doing these single flower close-up photos for some 40+ years.. and sadly there's nothing new here or particularly insightful at this new show.
Yes.. they are all beautiful, pretty flowers..I'm sure they'll look wonderful over your park avenue sofa. But, for the most part, it's straight, factual,
boring, somewhat uncomplicated photography, that any first year photo student could probably create. Clearly, this is not a show of Irving's best works, innovative still life, or even his impressive historic work...but they are pretty!
Oh.. And if you were thinking you've always wanted to
waste your money buy one, be prepared to pay dearly. Prices range from $30,000 for the large edition, new 2006 images, to well over $120,000 for a single vintage Irving Penn flower. I'm not sure exactly why someone would pay through the nose these prices... but I guess everyone can use a little simple beauty in their life.
If you can't afford to buy one of these, there's always his 1987 book.. Flowers by Irving Penn, really, it's just as good as owning one of these photos..really, it is...
The show is up till February 17th.