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Child with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.

Artist:
Diane Arbus (American, New York 1923–1971 New York)
Date:
1962
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 39.5 x 38.3 cm (15 9/16 x 15 1/16 in.) Sheet: 50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.474
Rights and Reproduction:
Copyright © 1970 The Estate of Diane Arbus
On view at The Met Breuer on Floor 2
An iconic image that embodies the awkward tension between childhood tomfoolery and primal violence, this has become one of the most celebrated photographs in the history of the medium. America's historic transition from the complacent isolationism of the 1950s to the sociopolitical turmoil that would emerge in the late 1960s and 1970s seems to seethe beneath the surface of this image, underscoring Arbus' prescience and intuitive understanding of her time.
Inscription: Stamped, verso TL: "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED // This image may not be reproduced in any // way whatsoever without written permission // from The Estate of Diane Arbus"; stamped, verso TC: "Copyright © 19_____" with "72" handwritten in ink above the line; stamped, verso TR: "a diane arbus print" with "#1341-10-11U-1620" inscribed in ink in Doon Arbus's hand // "doon arbus administrator" with Doon Arbus's signature in ink; inscribed in pencil, verso BL: "9509.065"; MoMA registration number inscribed in pencil, verso BR: "72.496" and "50 [circled]"
Estate of Diane Arbus; [Robert Miller Gallery, New York]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 31," January 28, 2002–May 19, 2003.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Diane Arbus Revelations," October 18, 2003–February 15, 2004.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Diane Arbus Revelations," February 29, 2004–May 30, 2004.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Diane Arbus Revelations," June 27, 2004–August 22, 2004.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Diane Arbus Revelations," February 28, 2005–May 29, 2005.

Jeu de Paume. "Diane Arbus," October 17, 2011–February 5, 2012.

Fotomuseum Winterthur. "Diane Arbus," March 3, 2012–May 27, 2012.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2001–2002 60, no. 2 (Fall 2002). pp. 42–43.

Arbus, Diane. Diane Arbus: Revelations. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003. no. 104.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 446.



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