World famous fashion photographer Steven Klein’s exhibition is on show in Berlin until the 8th of September. The exhibition presents a retrospective of his work. Steven Klein is renowned for his cinematic, surreal and somewhat shocking images, not for the faint-hearted. His aesthetic: controversial, polarising and yet internationally acclaimed.
Ever since the 1990s he has been producing countless photo series with international stars. In addition to the exhibition installation ‘X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS’ with photo and film material of Madonna, Steven has also worked with stars including Britney Spears, David Beckham and more recently Kate Moss and Lady Gaga.
For Steven, whose work tends to provoke, these artists were an ideal choice, since they too are known for their performances and eccentric lifestyles.
For example, in 2005 he shot a series with two of the most famous film stars. In ‘Case Study’ he shot portraits of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt posing as an ideal American family. The all too smooth surface concealed erotic tension and themes such as affluence, loneliness, violence and excess.
The exhibition at the CWC Gallery also presents photographs from Klein’s popular somewhat bizarre series ‘Valley of the Dolls’ with fashion designer and film director Tom Ford. The series is an artistic revenge on contemporary beauty ideals. The models in the photographs are round-cheeked smooth men without any hair and women with artificially pumped up breasts and lips close to bursting point.
The most recent works incorporate a portrait series, which presents Kate Moss in historic clothing and complex settings, with biblical references and religious imagery causing controversy. Sounds about right.
Bio : Steven Klein was born in 1965. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design, before establishing himself in Photography. Photographs by Steven Klein have been exhibited in countless galleries and museums worldwide, including the International Center of Photography in New York, CAMERA WORK in Berlin and most recently at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, where he presented his »Time Capsule« installation. In addition to this his work is regularly published in renowned fashion magazines. Steven Klein lives and works in New York.
until 8 September 2012
Auguststraße 11–13 ⋅ 10117 Berlin
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday ⋅ 11:00–19:00