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SFMOMA receives gifts of Diane Arbus images, Japanese photographs

November 28, 2012|By Jori Finkel
  • Diane Arbus' "Untitled No. 6," a 1970-71 gelatin-silver print from the collection of Jeffrey Fraenkel, is among the promised gifts to SFMOMA.
Diane Arbus' "Untitled No. 6," a 1970-71 gelatin-silver… (Estate of Diane Arbus )

Gallery owner Jeffrey Fraenkel is making his hometown even more of a destination for photography, donating 26 works by Diane Arbus to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The 26 photos come from a series Arbus made between 1969 and 1971 that document mentally ill patients at different institutions.

They will bring SFMOMA's total count of Arbus images to 64, making it the West Coast's largest repository of her works.

The museum also announced the receipt of two other major gifts. An anonymous donor pledged 185 photographs by Japanese artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama and Hiroshi Sugimoto. And the Kurenboh Collection in Tokyo has donated 262 prints, heavy in Japanese modern and avant-garde images from the 1930s to the present.

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