For Immediate Release
June 21, 2001

David Somers
Peel Heritage Complex
905-791-4055, Ext. 2112

Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups: The Photographs of Diane Arbus
at the Peel Heritage Complex

(Brampton) - An exhibition of photographs by Diane Arbus will be on view at the Art Gallery of Peel, Peel Heritage Complex, from July 5 to August 12, 2001. Organized and circulated by the National Gallery of Canada, Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups consists of 35 images by this American master of photography.

Diane Arbus (1923- 1971) began her career as a freelance fashion photographer for Glamour and Seventeen in the early 1940s. She studied with Lisette Model in the 1950s and quickly established a reputation as one of the new breed of photographers who helped shape the look of the 1960s in America. Her powerful portraits found an enthusiastic audience with readers of popular magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Esquire.

Though often asked to photograph celebrities, Arbus preferred to portray subjects living on the fringes of conventional society. She was drawn to people who are usually ignored or shunned; her combination of boldness and vulnerability is one of the most compelling characteristics of her work. Arbus' work is featured in numerous major international collections and her first monograph, published in 1972, has been a bestseller since its publication.

"Fairy Tales for Grown-Ups is the first major showing of Arbus' work in Greater Toronto Area in over a decade," says David Somers, Curator. "The Art Gallery of Peel is very fortunate to be the venue for this outstanding exhibition, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the artist's death."

The Peel Heritage Complex is operated by the Region of Peel and is located at 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton. It is open to the public Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends: noon to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday evenings: 6 to 9 p.m. The admission fees are $2.50 for adults; $1.50 for seniors; $1 for students and $7 for families.

The Peel Heritage Complex is made up of the Region of Peel Museum, the Art Gallery of Peel, and Region of Peel Archives. Together they collect, preserve and display a wide variety of materials related to Peel's Heritage.


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