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In parallel to the Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017, the Grand Palais is showing the first major retrospective of the oeuvre of American artist Irving Penn (* 16 June, 1917 in New Jersey; † 7. October 2009 in New York City) after his death. In the post-war period, he gained fame worldwide as a fashion and portrait photographer. An almost meditative atmosphere spreads through the elegantly designed rooms, thematically arranged according to STILL LIFE, in VOGUE (1947-1951), his time in CUZCO (1948), CLASSIC PORTRAITS (1948-1962) to TIME CAPSULES.
Several of his works are world famous, and he created icons of photography, including the portrait of Pablo Picasso with a hat and coat collar or the image of the hand of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. His portraits, including that of Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O'Keeffe, Igor Stravinsky, and Spencer Tracy boxed in between two billboards, are among the most acclaimed.
Honoring the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn in 2017, an exhibition was organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Paris Grand Palais, and the Irving Penn Foundation. On display is a retrospective of his oeuvre spanning 70 years... "Celebrated for more than sixty years of masterly work at Vogue magazine, Irving Penn (American, 1917–2009) was a superb photographer of style, but his attention to fashion was merely one aspect of his lifelong study of face and figure, attitude and demeanor, adornment and artifact. As his penetrating portraits reveal, Penn had few equals as an observer of human expression. He also had an acute graphic intelligence and a sculptor’s sensitivity to volumes in light. These talents came to the fore in his studies of the nude and in still life, a genre he favored throughout his career.
It looks back on his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself, as well as a selection of his drawings and paintings. The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes, and debris. With his fine arts background, Irving Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigor, evident from the studio to the darkroom, where he perfected his unique photographic prints."
During PARIS PHOTO in November at the latest, visitors should have a look at the exhibition, for which an extremely robust and haptic must-have illustrated book has been published titled 'Irving Penn - Le centenaire' (Les éditions Rmn-Grand Palais), which can be purchased for 59 EUR in the museum shop or online. The book has 300 illustrations and provides a perfect overview of the oeuvre of the photography legend.
27.09.2017 // show complete article
Circle Culture presents with “Childhood and Other Graphic Works” their first solo exhibition with artwork by American painter and director Julian Schnabel. The opening is on 13 September, an acoustic live gig with singer Frida Gold takes place two days later at Hotel de Rome as part of the Berlin Art Week.
“This first exhibition of the gallery with Julian Schnabel also marks the return of Circle Culture to its place of origin in Berlin-Mitte. This place will be revitalized as a main location for exhibitions, round tables and cultural projects in a wide spectrum,” says the team from Circle Culture. The four-part graphic portfolio from 2016 titled “Childhood” was created for the 240th anniversary of American independence. Julian commented on the exhibition: “I may have become an artist so that I could make time stand still. Which is why I started painting already as a child. That enabled me to capture a moment and then go back to it again later is I felt like it.”
Born in Brooklyn in New York City in 1951, Julian Schnabel gained fame with his first exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston in 1976, followed by a solo show at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York City in the year 1979. He was already among the most important representatives of neo-expressionism in the mid-80s. Since the 1990s, Julian Schnabel has also realized feature films as a director, who focuses on personalities of the 20th century.
Julian Schnabel (*1951 in New York City) has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally, including Kunsthalle Basel; Mary Boone Gallery, New York; Leo Castelli Gallery, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Pace Gallery, New York; Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Gagosian Gallery, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museu de Arte de Sao Paolo. His work is part of important collections all over the world, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York und Bilbao; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Opening: 13 September, 6 – 9 pm, Circle Culture | Gipsstraße 11 | Berlin, RSVP required.
Reception at Hotel de Rome with acoustic live music by Frida Gold, 15 Sept, 5 – 7 pm, Behrenstraße 37 | Berlin, RSVP required.
02.09.2017 // show complete article
A new facsimile edition brings a legendary photo book from the year 1959 back to book stores. 'JUMP!' is a collection of around 200 portraits of celebrities in the middle of a leap. These uniquely witty and energetic images of airborne movie stars, politicians, company executives, royalty, artists, and authors have become an important part of Halsman's (1906-1979) photographic legacy.
For a period of six years in the mid-1950s, Halsman ended his portrait sessions by asking his sitters to jump. Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Edward Steichen, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Oppenheimer, John Steinbeck, Weegee, Aldous Huxley, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, Brigitte Bardot and Groucho Marx all took the leap of faith. It is a tribute to Halsman's powers of persuasion that even Richard Nixon, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and other figures not famed for their spontaneity were talked into "rising" to the challenge.
"When you ask a person to jump," Halsman wrote, "his attention is mostly directed toward the act of jumping, and the mask falls, so that the real person appears." Philippe Halsman was born in Riga, Latvia. In 1931, he opened a photo studio in Paris and became famous for his porträts and fashion photos. He studied at the Sorbonne on the side. In 1936, he married photographer Yvonne Moser after two years of professional collaboration. He commented: "I often advise young photographers to marry their competitors, which is the best way to neutralize them."
After Germany's occupation of France in 1940, he was denied emigration to the US. Only thanks ti a word put in by Albert Einstein did he obtain the visa for the New World. In New York, he was able to become established as a sought-after portrait photographer. In 1945, Halsman was appointed President of the American Society of Magazine Photographers. His works have been published in all the big magazines of America.
Philippe Halsman - JUMP ! Big Leaps in a Portrait
96 pages, hardcover with SU, thread-stitching
Format 21 x 28 cm, € 29.90 | Swiss francs 37.– ISBN: 978-3-03876-115-0 | WG 1954
Copyright© Philippe Halsman Foundation
22.08.2017 // show complete article