A retrospective spanning the artist’s career from 1941 to 2009, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is a must-see. Beginning April 15th, over 100 of Penn’s photographs will be on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition showcases the full breadth of his work—1930’s street scenes, imagery of the American South, iconic fashion photographs and still lifes. In a career that spanned over 70 years, this pioneering artist closed the chasm between artistic and commercial worlds, creating imagery for leading magazines that blurred the line between fine art and fashion. Though Penn was a technical master who excelled in both black-and-white and color mediums, he wasn’t solely interested in the perfection of glamorous models and haute couture. He also transformed everyday detritus—cigarette butts and trash—into striking, surreal beauty. A look through his singular lens is most definitely worth the trip.
Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at the Dallas Museum of Art, April 15 through August 14th. Visit dma.org for more information.