|February 9, 2013||to||May 19, 2013|
* SYDNEY Art
Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims – over 50 works by two iconic fashion photographers at Art Gallery of NSW
- 9 February – 19 May 2013
The fashion of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims presents two photographers whose work during the late 20th century was pivotal to the progression of fashion imagery into the 21st century – Helmut Newton (1920–2004) and Bettina Rheims (1952–).
Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims, despite the generation difference, explored the construction of gender identity through their photography. They challenged the conventional representations of women, but also – particularly in Rheims’ case – men.
Art Gallery of NSW has a significant collection of Helmut Newton photographs. The 20 works in this exhibition are taken from the most important period of Newton’s career, the 1970s and ’80s. Newton is exemplary in his ability to expose the intimate connections between sex, clothes, gender, class, voyeurism and photography itself in his representations of women.
Bettina Rheims’ celebrated series Modern Lovers of 1990 will be presented with more than 30 photographs, This series marked an important shift in Rheims’ work, which had previously focused on a much more conventionally feminine depiction of women. In Modern Lovers, however, Rheims employs a neutral grey background and uses models scouted from the street, the oldest of whom was 20, to depict an androgynous image of youth.
Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims 9 February – 19 May 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney