Sunday, 8 February 2009
PARIS, A VISIT TO KADIST FOUNDATION: PIERRE LEGUILLON FEATURES 'DIANE ARBUS: A PRINTED RETROSPECTIVE, 1960–1971'
Matthieu Laurette's work inserted in between Diane Arbus' work
Pierre Leguillon features
Diane Arbus : A Printed Retrospective, 1960–1971
December 6, 2008 — February 8, 2009
At Kadist Art Foundation Pierre Leguillon presents the first retrospective of the works of Diane Arbus (1923–1971) organized in France since 1980, bringing together all the images commissioned to the New York photographer by the Anglo-American press in the 1960s. The exhibition will present the original pages of the magazines, including ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, ‘Esquire’, ‘Nova’ and ‘The Sunday Times Magazine’. Always conceived specifically by Diane Arbus for the press medium, these photographs are showcased in their original format for the first time.
This private collection consists of more than 150 photographs, demonstrating Diane Arbus’ discreet point of view through a great variety of subjects: reportage, anonymous or celebrity portraits (Norman Mailer, Jorge Luis Borges, Lilian et Dorothy Gish, Mia Farrow, Marcello Mastroianni, Madame Martin Luther King...), children’s fashion, and several « photographic essays », with captions or comments by the photographer herself.
By presenting the original magazines, the exhibition emphasizes the formal choices related to layout, and places the photographs back in the social or political context of that time.
Pierre Leguillon introduces a few texts or images by other photographers in the exhibition (including Walker Evans, Annie Leibovitz, Victor Burgin, Wolfgang Tillmans, la Documentation Céline Duval or Matthieu Laurette), as direct or indirect references to the images presented. The display offers unprecedented connections underlining the actuality of this major 20th century body of work.