Guy Bourdin “Mise en Abyme”
Paris Photo 2015 – Grand Palais
November 12-15 2015
Representing the estate, Louise Alexander Gallery for its first participation to Paris Photo at the Grand Palais will present archive and vintage works from famous French artist Guy Bourdin with the intention to take visitors on a deeper journey into Guy Bourdin’s extraordinary work.
Using fashion photography as his medium, Bourdin sent out a message, exploring the realms between the absurd and the sublime. Famed for his suggestive narratives and surreal aesthetics, he radically broke conventions of commercial photography with relentless perfectionism and emotional charged energy.
A major highlight will be the ‘mise en abyme’, featuring unseen and iconic colour prints of images repeated within themselves often highlighting the Polaroids Bourdin used to plan his entire campaign.
For the first time, originals of the retrospective Polaroids will be exhibited alongside the colour prints, the only time they will ever be seen together at an art fair.
The Polaroids present something very personal, precious and emotional. The exhibition reflects on black- and-white photography at a time when colour is undergoing so many digital changes.
Man Ray provided Bourdin a model of total artistic freedom, changing the course of fashion photography influencing a host of contemporary artists, photographers and filmmakers along the way. It is without ques- tion, that Guy Bourdin is now seen in the appropriate context of contemporary art.
Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was first and foremost an image-maker who never seized to learn and explore. The finality of his work was to express himself by pushing his creative boundaries. Mentored by Man Ray, he avoided the limelight, focusing strictly on the creation of arresting pictures.
A retrospective of ‘Guy Bourdin: Image Maker; will exhibited at Fotografiska Museum, Sweden between the 26 November 2015 to February 2016.
Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was born in Paris creating timeless images that contained fascinating stories, intense compositions and hyper real colours. Guy Bourdin captured the imagination of a whole generation and is considered to be one of the most daring and intriguing artists in the world of 20th century visual culture, his career spanning over three decades. Today, his work is exhibited in the most prestigious museums, such as The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Jeu de Paume, The National Museum of China in Beijing and most recently the largest retrospective to date at Somerset House, London.