BEAUTY CULTURE is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society.
Daring, provocative, and at times controversial, BEAUTY CULTURE presents diverse viewpoints on beauty as it has evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition compellingly illustrates the power of the still image in shaping cultural ideals and expectations of feminine beauty – and photography’s undeniable influence on conceptions of the Self. It encourages a social dialogue about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty, as well as the cult-like glorification and multi-billion dollar industries that surround it.
BEAUTY CULTURE features works from iconic photographers such as Lauren Greenfield, Melvin Sokolsky, Tyen, Albert Watson as well as other noted photographers and visual artists such as Guy Bourdin, Jean-Paul Goude, Philippe Halsman, Horst, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Man Ray and Matthew Rolston, Lillian Bassman, Gilles Bensimon, Erwin Blumenfeld, William Claxton, Chuck Close, Michel Comte, Patrick Demarchelier, Greg Gorman, Lynn Johnson, David LaChapelle, Paul Lange, Mary Ellen Mark, Nino Muñoz, Robert Maxwell, Leonard Nimoy, ORLAN, Terry Richardson, Norman Jean Roy, Martin Schoeller, Andres Serrano, Ellen Von Unwerth and Carrie Mae Weems.
In addition to over 170 photographs featured in the print gallery, BEAUTYCULTURE will showcase nearly 500 digital images in vivid detail on high-resolution screens in our Digital Gallery. Also included in the Digital Gallery is a short documentary film directed by Lauren Greenfield, a slideshow that expands on the print exhibit and video interviews with Greenfield, Melvin Sokolsky, Tyen and Albert Watson.
Showcasing images of performers, professional models and pop-culture icons, BEAUTY CULTURE features portrait and editorial images of Alek Wek, Angelina Jolie, Anja Rubik, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Crystal Renn, Elizabeth Taylor, Gisele Bundchen, Grace Jones, Iman, Jean Shrimpton, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Marilyn Monroe, Megan Fox, Nancy Kwan, Naomi Campbell, Sophia Loren, Tatjana Patitz and many others.
Manon Slome - critic, independent curator and founder of No Longer Empty - is the exhibition consultant. The curatorial advisor for this exhibit is Kohle Yohannan, author and cultural historian.
BEAUTY CULTURE opens to the public in Los Angeles on May 21, 2011 and runs through November 27, 2011.