5 February – 9 April 2011
Free to all
assembled by the art collector Anthony d'Offay and part-gifted to the nation in 2008 with support from the NationalHeritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish Government.ARTIST ROOMS is owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and is being shared with museums andgalleries throughout the UK thanks to the support of the Art Fund and the Scottish Government.This exhibition is part of the 2011 ARTIST ROOMS tour. Aberdeen Art Gallery will present a major selection from the comprehensive holdings of Diane Arbus's work held in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Arbus, who was born in New York in 1923, is considered one of the great figures of American photography. She pioneered the photographic approach that bridges the gap between documentary and fine art, exploring through her work the extraordinary variety that can be found in the lives, emotions and appearances of people. Through her commitment 'to photograph everybody', she often chose those whose situation or choices in life kept them on the margins of society. With such people she built up relationships of trust to create portraits of astonishing intimacy. Her bold, direct style has been praised as a 'celebration of things as they are'.