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Photographs by Yousuf Karsh Open at Beetles And Huxley, London

BEETLES and Huxley mount the first major London exhibition in 30 years of work by Yousuf Karsh, one of the greatest and most respected portrait photographers of the 20th century later this month. The show highlights many of his high-profile commissions including Karsh’s famous photograph of a defiant Winston Churchill, minus a cigar, the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso in his studio and a mystical portrayal of Jacques Cousteau to name a few.

The show will highlight Karsh’s extraordinary ability to capture his subjects’ personalities which he achieved through sophisticated lighting techniques developed initially through studying the work of great master painters, Rembrandt and Velázquez.

Audrey Hepburn, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera PressAudrey Hepburn, 1956 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera Press

Armenian Karsh was one of the greatest and most respected portrait photographers of the 20th century. Renowned for his iconic photographs of the rich and famous, Karsh’s successful and prolific career lasted nearly 60 years. Fascinated by “greatness” himself, Karsh was attracted by the persona of celebrities, royalty, politicians and scientists maintaining that
“… it is the mind and soul of the personality before my camera that interests me most, and the greater the mind and soul, the greater my interest.”

The photographs on display also reveal the theatricality of Karsh’s formal studio-based approach to composition, developed from his experimentation with theatrical lighting at Ottawa Theatre in Canada.  Often without the addition of scenery or accoutrements, the success of his images relied entirely on the sitters’ posture and expression in which he believed. “There is a brief moment when all there is in a man’s mind and soul and spirit is reflected through his eyes, his hands, his attitude. This is the moment to record,” he said.

Ernest Hemmingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera PressErnest Hemingway, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh / Camera Press

Ever more remarkable is the photographer’s determination to achieve perfection despite the harsh realities of his upbringing when he was forced to flee the atrocities committed by Turkey during World War One before his family sought refuge in Syria.

The work of Yousuf Karsh can be found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

by Miranda Charalambous

The photographs of Yousuf Karsh will be on display from September 20 – October 15 2016 at Beetles and Huxley, 3 – 5 Swallow Street, London W1B 4DE
Tel: 020 7434 4319

The Met’s Costume Institute Announces Fall 2016 Exhibition

THE Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art’s Costume Institute presents Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion for its Fall 2016 exhibition which will feature some of the organisation’s most significant acquisitions of the last 10 years. Curated by Assistant Curator Jessica Regan, with support from Curator in Charge Andrew Bolton, the exhibition aims to present fashion as a living art that interprets and becomes history – and also inspires subsequent art.

Ball Gown, Viktor & Rolf (Dutch, founded 1993), spring/summer 2010; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2011 (2011.8) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenBall Gown, Viktor & Rolf SS10. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The show will also explore how the department has honed its collecting strategy and acquired prestigious masterworks, including iconic works by designers who have shaped and changed fashion history.

Dress, Sarah Burton (British, born 1974) for Alexander McQueen (British, founded 1992), spring/summer 2011;The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2014 (2015.69) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie KellenDress, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen SS11. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ensemble, Raf Simons (Belgian, born 1968) for House of Dior (French, founded 1947), autumn/winter 2014-15 haute couture; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Christian Dior Couture, in honor of Harold Koda, 2016 (2016.256) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna- Marie Kellen
Ensemble, Raf Simons for House of Dior, AW14-15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Key highlights will include approximately 60 fashion masterworks from the early 18th century to present. Each piece will be accompanied by an explanation of its significance within fashion history.

Ensemble, John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960) for Maison Margiela (French, founded 1988), spring/summer 2015; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2015 (2015.541) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenEnsemble, John Galliano for Maison Margiela SS15. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some recently acquired pieces will also be placed alongside pieces already in the collection to demonstrate the continuous influence of certain master couturiers and iconic historical silhouettes.

 

Ball Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth (French, 1856-1926) for House of Worth (French, 1858-1956), 1898; Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Paul Pennoyer, 1965 (2009.300.1324) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie KellenBall Gown, Jean-Philippe Worth for House of Worth, 1898 Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of The Costume Institute Gifts, 2010 (2010.148) © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Anna-Marie Kellen
Robe Volante, French, ca. 1730. Photograph: Anna-Marie
Kellen, courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art

 by Rebecca Acres

Masterworks: Unpacking Fashion will exhibit at the Anna Wintour Costume Center, The Met Fifth Avenue, from  November 8, 2016 until February, 5, 2017