By Carol Vogel, The New York Times
Two years ago gallerygoers had a chance to discover the personal side of Diane Arbus in a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to the portraits that made her famous—powerfully unsettling photographs of dwarfs, transvestites and everyday people—the Met filled librarylike rooms with her photographic equipment, pages from her diaries, books from her home and studio and family pictures.
Now the photographer’s estate has presented this intimate chronicle of Arbus’s life—her complete archives—to the Met as a gift, along with hundreds of early and unique photographs; negatives and contract prints of 7,500 rolls of film; and hundreds of glassine print sleeves that she personally annotated before her death by suicide in 1971....
Featured Comment by John Sarsgard: "Very interesting. Arbus was closely associated with the Museum of Modern Art and John Szarkowski during her lifetime. In that time of fewer photographers and a closer community, she and her contemporaries frequently hung out at Szarkowski's office and mooched his coffee. Until the mammoth show two years ago, her New York exhibition history was all about MOMA and never MMA. I wonder what persuaded Amy and Doon to give it all to MMA? The Museum of Modern Art was really Diane's place."