MY NAME IS STYLE
Gian Paolo Barbieri, Lucien Clergue, Greg Gorman, William Klein, Amedeo Turello.
Thirty works by the five masters of international photography recounts the essence of style through its unmistakable artistic expression.
From November 18th, 2017 to February 10th 2018, 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS Gallery in Milan (Via San Vittore, 13) hosts the MY NAME IS STYLE exhibition, featuring works by five masters of photography: Gian Paolo Barbieri, Lucien Clergue, Greg Gorman, William Klein, Amedeo Turello.
On the occasion of the Photo Vogue Festival, art gallery 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS stimulates a confrontation between the most authoritative authors of the international artistic scene. The initiative offers the public an unprecedented and deep look at how contemporary style has spread through photography.
The exhibition path alternates strong portraits to classic bare and timeless beauty: photographic works that have shaped the 20th century style and that continue to influence and inspire entire generation of photographers and artists tout court. Not only epochal images, key to the evolution of photography and style, but also aesthetic synthesis and soul of beauty.
Gian Paolo Barbieri (Milan, 1938), an Italian photographer, but eclectically productive in the international fashion scene, has been able to represent the spirit of fashion photography in all its shades: from seduction to provocation, from myth to elegance. His pictures are fantastic and magical, dreamy and playful, ironic and theatrical. They are seductive images. The flat surface of the photographic image becomes an “object of charm,” a stimulating invitation to imagination and fantasy, a territory that the eye is about to explore to decipher its mysteries.
For its part, Lucien Clergue (Arles, 1934 – Nimes, 2014) has reworked the female nude, working on the chiaroscuro aspect, to obtain a geometric background dominating the classicism of the theme. Within its extensive and multiform production, the images of the Nude Zebra Series are still renowned, in which the body of the models appears to be dissected and enhanced – in the structure – by the development of parallel sinuous lines created by the light and the net shadows cut off leather from the window venetian blinds. It was the founder, in 1969, of the famous “Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie” in Arles.
Greg Gorman (Kansas City, 1949), one of the most renowned photographers of modern portraiture and celebrities, features 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery with its unmistakable, demanding and attentive scenes in the scene, studied in every tiny detail from ‘environment to posture, from the expression of the face to the exaltation of muscular masses.
Stripped and anti-conformist images that return all the flavor of the complicity that has arisen between the photographer and his subject.
William Klein (New York, 1928), known for the ironic approach and the extensive use of unusual photographic techniques in the context of photojournalism and fashion photography, has created Vogue’s range of services in black and white, extremely bold and innovative. In the 25th place among the hundred most influential photographers of the magazine, Professor Photographer Magazine, Klein’s images seem to be pushed to excess, the result of daring visual exercises by an artist whose painting training has led him to twist the habits of photography.
Amedeo Turello (Cuneo, 1964) is a fashion photographer among the most celebrated; through his lens he photographed numerous celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Valeria Mazza, Dita Von Teese and many more. Turello knows that truth is to be sought beyond appearances, but above all that the appearance is not as superficial as it seems and that – to observe it closely – there is an unexpected depth. His women are never fully dressed and never entirely naked, thus returned to a kind of subtle truth.