Pierre Leguillon: Arbus Bonus

9/21/2019 through 1/5/2020 | Frye Art Museum

Museums Capitol Hill/Central District

Pierre Leguillon’s interest in the lesser-known dimensions of eminent artists’ practices has been a motivating force throughout his career. His artwork-as-exhibition Arbus Bonus encompasses 256 images made or inspired by famed photographer Diane Arbus (1923–1971), who is well known for her street photography and candid portraits of society’s misfits and marginalized communities. While she only participated in one major museum exhibition during her lifetime, her work appeared far more frequently in magazines and newspapers; she also produced editorial, fashion, and commissioned portrait photography for publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Seventeen, and Harper’s Bazaar. In Arbus Bonus, Leguillon brings together every published magazine spread that features Arbus’s photography along with appropriations of her iconic compositions in the form of album covers, cartoons, and the work of other artists.

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