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“Teller on Mapplethorpe”, Juergen Teller’s tribute exhibition to Robert Mapplethorpe

 

In London the Alison Jacques Gallery pays homage to Robert Mapplethorpe with an exhibition curated by the brilliant Juergen Teller. The ideal opportunity to rediscover this photographic oeuvre in a new light…

By Marion Ottaviani

To celebrate what would have been Robert Mapplethorpe’s 70th birthday, the London-based Alison Jacques Gallery invited Juergen Teller to curate a definitive hanging of the master’s work. A chance to plunge once more into his vast archives of profoundly sexy and provocative black and white photos, most of which sent shockwaves through the art world in the 1970s. Men and women nude, self-portraits, unsettling shots of Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry, sensual still lifes and snapshots of his eternal muse Patti Smith… Carried away by AIDS in 1989 he left behind him an oeuvre whose emotional power continues to inspire an entire generation.

 

Juergen Teller is often seen as a successor, particularly thanks to the way he represents women. Kate Moss, Marion Cotillard, Björk… All caught on film via his Contax C2. And who could forget his cult spreads in The Face, or his sleek ad campaigns for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Céline. Within the context of this exhibition he delivers a sublime selection of intimate clichés, sometimes carnal, sometimes witty, always striking in their beauty. 

 

Teller on Mapplethorpe à la Alison Jacques Gallery, du 18 novembre au 7 janvier. www.alisonjacquesgallery.com

Who is Dave Heath, master of American photography ?
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Who is Dave Heath, master of American photography ?

Photography He sought to capture the private intimacy of his contemporaries. Now Le Bal in Paris is showing the penetrating oeuvre of this monument of American photography.  He sought to capture the private intimacy of his contemporaries. Now Le Bal in Paris is showing the penetrating oeuvre of this monument of American photography. 

The 6 new photography talents to watch from Unseen Amsterdam
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The 6 new photography talents to watch from Unseen Amsterdam

Photography At the end of September the world of contemporary photography convened for the seventh edition of Unseen Amsterdam. Kenta Cobayashi’s futurist compositions rub shoulders with Jaakko Kahilaniemi’s ravaged landscapes….Reporting from the Netherlands, a look at emerging photographic talent.  At the end of September the world of contemporary photography convened for the seventh edition of Unseen Amsterdam. Kenta Cobayashi’s futurist compositions rub shoulders with Jaakko Kahilaniemi’s ravaged landscapes….Reporting from the Netherlands, a look at emerging photographic talent. 

At Arles, Ann Ray plunges us into the intimate world of Alexander McQueen
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At Arles, Ann Ray plunges us into the intimate world of Alexander McQueen

Photography At this year’s Rencontres d'Arles, French photographer Ann Ray takes us on an intimate journey into the world of one of fashion’s most iconic designers. A humble and touching exhibition shows Alexander McQueen in a new light. At this year’s Rencontres d'Arles, French photographer Ann Ray takes us on an intimate journey into the world of one of fashion’s most iconic designers. A humble and touching exhibition shows Alexander McQueen in a new light.

Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids inspire Jeremy Scott for Moschino
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Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids inspire Jeremy Scott for Moschino

Photography It was only when he died that Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids came to light at his villa in Turin. Countless images of half-naked anonymous women caught in lascivious poses. For his sublime fall-winter 2018/19 pre-collection, Jeremy Scott drew inspiration from these saucy pictures taken in the Italian architect, designer and photographer’s spare time. It was only when he died that Carlo Mollino’s erotic Polaroids came to light at his villa in Turin. Countless images of half-naked anonymous women caught in lascivious poses. For his sublime fall-winter 2018/19 pre-collection, Jeremy Scott drew inspiration from these saucy pictures taken in the Italian architect, designer and photographer’s spare time.

Robert Frank : The birth of a legend
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Robert Frank : The birth of a legend

Photography Robert Frank’s celebrated portrait of his adopted homeland, the americans, turns 60 this year. To mark the book’s anniversary, les Rencontres d’Arles are organizing a major exhibition tracing Frank’s early career. Numéro art looks back at the photographer’s beginnings up to publication of the book that made his reputation, accompanying them with rare contact sheets from the cult volume. Robert Frank’s celebrated portrait of his adopted homeland, the americans, turns 60 this year. To mark the book’s anniversary, les Rencontres d’Arles are organizing a major exhibition tracing Frank’s early career. Numéro art looks back at the photographer’s beginnings up to publication of the book that made his reputation, accompanying them with rare contact sheets from the cult volume.

The exclusive fashion story of Miles Aldridge and Harland Miller for Numéro art
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The exclusive fashion story of Miles Aldridge and Harland Miller for Numéro art

Photography To end the year on a high note, Numéro Art invited the renowed photographer Miles Alridge to reinterpret the work of artist Harland Miller. Then young phenomenon, who is close to Tracey Emin and Jarvis Cocker, became famous in the noughties for his large-format paintings inspired by paperback covers, an oeuvre of powerful, corrsive irony. To end the year on a high note, Numéro Art invited the renowed photographer Miles Alridge to reinterpret the work of artist Harland Miller. Then young phenomenon, who is close to Tracey Emin and Jarvis Cocker, became famous in the noughties for his large-format paintings inspired by paperback covers, an oeuvre of powerful, corrsive irony.