Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum present the work of Diane Arbus, one of the most original and influential photographers of the 20th century. Famous for such photographs as Child with Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, Arbus pioneered an approach which bridged a gap between documentary and fine art.
Born in New York in 1923, she began photographing in the 1940s with her first picture published in 1960. Over the next ten years she produced an extraordinary body of photographs which documented the diversity of human life.
This exhibition is drawn from the world-class holdings of Arbus’ work in the ARTIST ROOMS collection, jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, which was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008.
Alongside the exhibition will be #humansofleamington, a project celebrating the creativity and diversity of Royal Leamington Spa and its communities. A series of 30 portraits of local creatives have been commissioned and will appear online and around Leamington Spa’s Old Town and Town Centre until December 2019. Audiences can get involved by tagging their own portraits on Instagram and Twitter with #humansofleamington. These will be featured in a display in the Royal Pump Rooms Foyer.
This project has been made possible through ARTIST ROOMS with Art Fund and Arts Council England support. ARTIST ROOMS is a touring collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art. The collection is displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of 42 major international artists.
The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery through to 2020, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.