The society we live in idealizes youth. However, it has some difficulty understanding a segment of society that is constantly generating new images of itself. Artists have also begun to work in this area, with photographs of adolescents – or what can be called pre-adults – becoming so prominent that one can almost speak of an independent photographic genre.
Edward Steichen, The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937
Edward Steichen was one of the most prolific, versatile and successful photographers of the 20th century. Among his many achievements were his pioneering efforts in fashion photography and celebrity portraiture. This exhibition features his finest work in these two genres, proving that he had indeed earned his title of "the most famous portrait photographer in the world".
This is the first European museum retrospective of this American artist's critically acclaimed work, which questions identity and memory, gender and history, fact and fiction. Spanning a period of thirty years, it reveals a continuity of conceptual and performative exploration. Simpson's photo-text work, together with her film and video installations, incorporate yet simultaneously challenge photographic and moving picture genres.
Arnold Newman is arguably the finest portrait photographer of his time, and without a doubt the most prolific. For half a century he photographed accomplished artists, writers, scientists and politicians. Despite many exhibitions during his lifetime, a substantial number of his superb portraits have never been shown. This first posthumous retrospective not only features many of these unknown works, along with his most iconic portraits.
A Century of Photography at Condé Nast
Steichen, Beaton, Newton, Bailey and Penn are famous today for their superb, often audacious, fashion photographs. Coming into Fashion features the work of more than eighty fashion photographers who, over the past 100 years, have risen to prominence at the legendary publisher of Vogue. But how did they first burst onto the scene? This original exhibition answers this intriguing question, focusing on the work they produced at the outset of their careers.
Edward Steichen in the Condé Nast Studio
As chief photographer at Vogue and Vanity Fair between 1923 and 1937 Edward Steichen photographed the most accomplished artists of his time: actors and actresses, architects, poets, novelists, singers and composers. Garbo, Grant, Gershwin, Dietrich, Wright, Yeats, DeMille, Chevalier, and hundreds of other stars sat to be - as on subject put it - "Steichenized!"; This exhibition features one hundred rare vintage prints from the Condé Nast Archive. The vast majority are being exhibited for the first time.
The story of Polaroid is fascinating and instructive on many levels – industrially, technologically, artistically, economically, culturally and socially. In its heyday Polaroid was loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. Families recorded their lives; fashion and portrait photographers made tests with it; scientists used it for notes and records; while artists found it to be an exceptionally malleable and expressive medium.
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Coming into Fashion opens on June 14 at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.
Lorna Simpson has opened on May 27 at the Jeu de Paume, Paris.
Arnold Newman: Masterclass opens on June 26 at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, the Condé Nast Years, 1923-1937 opens on June 27 at FOAM, Amsterdam.
Optic Nerve: the Continuing Saga of Arno Rafael Minkkinen opens on July 1 at Les Rencontres d’Arles.