August 10, 2005

Penn Platinums

picasso-penn Picasso by Penn.

Went to see the Irving Penn Platinum Prints today at the National Gallery of Art. I first saw Penn about... oh... 16 years ago at the NGA when I went to an exhibit for my high school photography class. These are platinum prints made in the '80s from images captured in the past, many in the '50s.

Also stopped in at the Dutch paintings, primarily to see the small exhibit of Jan de Bray, and enjoyed the Vermeers on permanent display. Mike and I browsed through the sculpture wing but I was more taken by the stunning new wood floors in the museum. They're stained white oak; I asked.

To view an interesting online album of Penn's work, go here and here.

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