In the second of three virtual art lectures we will learn about Diane Arbus, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. She was based in NYC and was working at a time when photography was still only just becoming a recognized art form. Photography had mostly reached the public through magazines, which is how Arbus made a living. Arbus often photographed uncelebrated people whose professional, personal or physical attributes diverged from what was considered acceptable, like carnival entertainers, nudists, and giants.

While many believe that her body of work is one big freak show given the characters that she photographed, she forces us to rethink what is considered beautiful. It is her empathy and inclusiveness towards those on the fringe of society that her fans find compelling. Arbus said, “The irony is that when I’m dead, my work will skyrocket in value.” It took very little time for America to prove Arbus right. Arbus committed suicide in 1971, at the age of 45. By November 1972, the Museum of Modern Art in New York had a retrospective of her works.

Arbus only sold a handful of photos while alive, but interest in acquiring her work grew exponentially postmortem. We will explore her best known photographs as well as her early works.

Suggested donation: $10

Diane Arbus

Ronnit Vasserman

Ronnit Vasserman is the founder of Art Connect Group, a full service art consulting firm located in New York. She has a degree in Fine Arts and Art History. In addition to helping clients acquire art she educates them on all the latest trends by organizing events throughout the year. These events include art fair walkthroughs, studio, museum, auction house and gallery visits. When the pandemic shifted events to virtual, Ronnit presented over 300 lectures on zoom and discovered that she enjoyed the way it allowed her to meet new people across the United States and overseas.

Check out the full series!

12/19/23 Chagall: The Quintessential Jewish Artist of the 20th Century

1/17/24 Diane Arbus, Photographer of the Marginalized

2/20/24 Marfa, Texas: Art Mecca in the Chihuahuan Desert

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