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The Mysterious Portraits of Hellen van Meene

For the first and possibly only time ever, Irving Penn’s masterful ‘Cigarettes’ series is exhibited in its entirety at Hamiltons Gallery. ‘Cigarettes’ quickly became part of the lore of 20th century art when a selection from the series was first presented by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1975, just weeks after he saw some of the prints in Penn’s studio. On the spot, Szarkowski offered Penn an exclusive exhibition.