Book for the 'Guy Bourdin: The Portraits' Exhibition.
Universally recognised as one of the most influential photographers of the late 20th century and a brilliant inventor of fashion and advertising imagery.
Guy Bourdin shot several of his photography projects at the Studio des Acacias, an iconic venue that has hosted a series of big names in photography. Curated by the eminent historian Shelly Verthime, this exhibition features over 150 photographs shot by the artist that are both intimate and personal.
Éditions Studio des Acacias by Mazarine
Foreward by Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, interview of Shelly Verthime & Olivier Massart, interview of Samuel Bourdin & Ayse Arnal
A 2017 publication, hardcover, 198 pages, in french & english. Dimensions: 23 x 2,5 x 30 cm
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The Acacias Art Center hosted a keynote exhibition, Guy Bourdin – The Portraits, featuring rare works produced between 1950 and 1980.
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the 20th century and a brilliant inventor of fashion and advertising images, Guy Bourdin produced several of his photographic projects at the Acacias Art Center.
"Guy Bourdin: The Portraits" is a selection of the most personal works ever shown in Paris since his death in 1991, showcasing rare images produced between 1950-1980. Curated by historian Shelly Verthime, the exhibition gathers more than 150 of the artist's photographs from an intimate and personal perspective. His early black-and-white works, largely influenced by surrealism, often overlooked, sit alongside his most iconic and timeless photographs, as well as Super-8 films from his personal collection. The exhibition highlights the central role that Surrealism played in the photographer's work. Influenced by his close ties to Man Ray, Guy Bourdin's early portraits lay the foundation for his surrealist language and approach, which would eventually become one of his stylistic signatures.
Bringing to a close forty years of Guy Bourdin's artistic research, the exhibition ends with his colour press and advertising photography, which revolutionised fashion photography at the end of the 20th century.
Defying convention with his mysterious, hypnotic and Surrealist take on fashion photography, he invented bold, often appealing images with a unique modern aesthetic. Finally, the exhibition sheds light on Guy Bourdin the fashion film pioneer, through several Super-8 films taken from his personal collection, which he shot himself during photo shoots. Primarily a creator of images, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) continued to learn and explore, from his first portraits to his advertising images, in which each person plays an essential but never overwhelming role. His works continue to feel modern to this day.
NUMÉRO ART 12
Numéro Art, the leading magazine for international contemporary art, features the most influential personalities, events and places in the contemporary creative scene.
For Numéro art, actress Camille Cottin tries her hand at a new role: muse of artist and photographer Lea Colombo, who plunges her into the heart of her flamboyant pictorial universe in a series that pays tribute to Matisse, Picasso and Warhol. Three artists celebrated this season by major exhibitions.
The French film star also talks in a long interview about her unique relationship with art, nurtured by her artist father. Numéro art also photographed the artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in her recent exhibition in Madrid. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, one of the most respected and celebrated French artists in the world, reveals herself in an interview as the high priestess of the exhibition, which she transforms into scripted environments and fantastical experiences.
This new Numéro art also gives voice to an exciting new generation of artists including Meriem Bennani, Han Bing, Bianca Bondi, Binta Diaw and Serpas gathered in a collective exhibition "Infiltrées - 5 manières d'habiter le monde".
To be discovered, the humorous and subtle videos and installations of Meriem Bennani, one of the most influential of her generation, the searing and intense works of Ser Serpas (soon to be exhibited at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris), the eco-feminist installations of Binta Diaw, the bold and colorful paintings of Han Bing, and the mystical creations of Bianca Bondi. Five exceptional women artists exhibited by the Reiffers Art Initiativesfoundation this spring in Paris. Once again, Numéro artpays tribute to the vitality of the French art scene with the dreamy paintings of Julie Beaufils and the sensitive and poetic work of Benoît Piéron. This issue also unveils a series of unpublished and subversive paintings by Beninese artist Roméo Mivekannin. And of course, a selection of the essential exhibitions of the season and a focus on the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles.
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