Thursday, October 22, 2009

MOCA turns 30 / Irving Penn 1971-2009

In honor of it's 30th milestone, the museum will unveil Collection: MOCA's First Thirty Years. A massive exhibit featuring 500 of the nearly 6,000 pieces in their permanent collection spread across 50,000 sq. feet space of both the MOCA headquarters building on Grand Ave and the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Little Tokyo. Check out work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Nancy Rubins, Ed Moses and many more. Opens Nov. 15th through May 3.

Irving Penn worked for many years doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine. He was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and used this simplicity more effectively than other photographers.

Clarity, composition, careful arrangement of objects or people, form, and the use of light characterize Penn's work. Penn also photographs still life objects and found objects in unusual arrangements with great detail and clarity.

He has published numerous books including the recent, "A Notebook at Random" which offers a generous selection of photographs, paintings, and documents of his working methods. Irving Penn died October 7 at the age of 92.

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