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Five Whitney Artists, New York

Artist
Irving Penn, 16 Jun 1917 - 7 Oct 2009
Sitter
Ellsworth Kelly, 31 May 1923 - 27 Dec 2015
Chuck Close, born 5 Jul 1940
Jasper Johns, born 15 May 1930
Robert Rauschenberg, 22 Oct 1925 - 12 May 2008
Kenneth Noland, 10 Apr 1924 - 5 Jan 2010
Date
2002
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 38.7 x 48.5cm (15 1/4 x 19 1/8")
Sheet: 39.4 x 49.2cm (15 1/2 x 19 3/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Rights
© 2002 The Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
Object number
NPG.2004.34
Exhibition Label
In 2002, acclaimed photographer Irving Penn brought together five of the nation's most celebrated living artists, pictured here from left to right: Ellsworth Kelly (born 1923), Chuck Close (born 1940), Jasper Johns (born 1930), Robert Rauschenberg (born 1925), and Kenneth Noland (born 1924). Coming of age during a period when abstract expressionism was most favored, each moved art-making in a new direction and contributed to the growing international respect for American art. They helped to shape such influential movements as pop, minimalism, and color-field painting, and in so doing not only reinvigorated the field of contemporary art, but also contributed to New York City's rise as one of the world's great art capitals.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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