Thursday, March 29, 2012

Grand Palais Holds Retrospective of Helmut Newton's Provocative Photography

Now through June 17, 2012
Helmut Newton, born Helmut Neustädter (October 31, 1920 – January 23, 2004) is well known for his erotic and provocative fashion photographs seen in Vogue and other high profile fashion publications. The German born photographer will now have the most comprehensive show of his work at the Grand Palais. Exhibit information can be read here.
The exhibit called, “Helmut Newton 1920-2004” looks at his many nudes and quirky still lifes. The show was organized by his wife June Newton and explores over 200 of his works. His stylistic style was marked by highly putting women in highly erotic sado-masochistic scenes. Although sexualized, his women were not fragile waifs, often Newton’s women were photographed in roles that were traditionally reserved for men. His style is instantly recognized and very often imitated.
The exhibition follows a Berlin exhibition of Newton’s Polaroids and a Dallas show of photographs from his three books, “White Women” (1976), “Sleepless Nights” (1978), and “Big Nudes” (1982).
Click on the slide show at ArtInfo to see highlights from “Helmut Newton 1920-2004,” on display at the Grand Palais in Paris through June 17. 

Items from the Central Library's collection on Helmut Newton.

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