The estate of Diane Arbus will now be co-represented in a partnership between San Francisco’s Fraenkel Gallery and David Zwirner gallery, which has locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong.
In a statement, David Zwirner, the gallery’s owner, said of the new collaborative arrangement, “I am honored to have been entrusted to help the Estate and Fraenkel Gallery with the extraordinary legacy of Diane Arbus, whose radical work remains as relevant today as when her photographs were taken. The Estate and Fraenkel Gallery’s handling of Arbus’s work has been exemplary and we are thrilled to partner with them.”
Arbus, who died in 1971, is well-known for her black-and-white photographs of eccentric people. Her images are, as Hilton Als once put it, “none of that Cartier-Bresson stuff”—they are largely un-aestheticized and raw, and they seem to capture her subjects’ psychology. Arbus’s work was the source for a major exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2003, and of another at the Met Breuer in 2016.
The news comes as David Zwirner readies an Arbus exhibition for its West 20th Street gallery in New York for November. The show, which features every work from Arbus’s “Untitled” series, will include 11 works by the photographer that have never before been shown in public. Fraenkel Gallery and David Zwirner also have plans to present a collaborative booth dedicated to Arbus and Alice Neel (whose estate is also represented by Zwirner) at the ADAA Art Show in New York next year.