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Galerie Perrotin Hong Kong
2016.01.14 Thu - 2016.02.20 Sat
Opening Exhibition
50 Connaught Road Central,
17th Floor,, Hong Kong
+852 3758 2180
Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm

周二至周六, 上午11时至下午7时
Alice Lung 龙玉

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[Press Release]

Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong is pleased to present Terry Richardson’s exhibition “Portraits”, a survey of the renowned fashion photographer’s work, on view from January 14th through February 20th, 2016. This is Richardson’s forth solo exhibition with the gallery following his early shows in 1996 and 1999 and the 2015 exhibition “The Sacred and The Profane”, at Galerie Perrotin in Paris.

This new exhibition presents two dozen photographs that span 20 years of Richardson’s career, from 1995 to 2015. The images range from his iconic fashion editorial work to personal series that reveal an unapologetic look at the American cultural landscape. Also included are spontaneous studio shots of his celebrity muses, captured in the sexy and raw esthetic that is specific to his famous Diary, a visual journal of the artist’s world.

Richardson is a master of sprezzatura, a deliberately crafted carelessness, which he has employed in his work since first documenting the underground scene in the 90s, inspired by Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. Traditional photographic framing is replaced by Richardson’s signature dynamic spontaneity. The photographs bleed into the background of his studio, where one imagines a pageant of models, musicians, actors, and politicians. Amidst the sea of familiar strangers are portraits of Richardson’s father Bob, a famous fashion photographer himself, and his mother Annie, whose illness was documented by her son before her sad passing in 2012.

The compromising aesthetic of Richardson’s camera is one of the most recognizable trends in fashion photography, and his willingness to expose himself to the same objectification he elicits from his models sets a tone of complicity that has allowed Richardson unprecedented access to the world’s most elite figures and the fantasies that surround them. A young Kate Moss kisses the televised face of Elvis Presley. Actor Dennis Hopper and rapper Lil Wayne blow smoke into the camera’s face. A leather-clad Liza Minelli reprises her role in the 1972 film Cabaret. The late Amy Winehouse plays chanteuse with a chicken. At the fringes of the spectacle is a whiteface clown holding a fistful of balloons. He stares timidly at the camera, a gold wedding band around his finger and a crucifix painted on the balloon above his head. Unlike those posing in the photographs of Cindy Sherman, Richardson’s clown is not a self-portrait. Rather, he is a representative of a bygone generation, one whose role now seems relatively tame in face of the new American Vaudeville.

Terry Richardson was born in New York in 1965. He established himself as one of the most prominent photographers of New York’s underground scene in the 1990s, he forged a provocative style based on comical nudes and explicit close-ups. Few artists have done more to document the complex spectrum of contemporary American culture. His photography has been featured in advertorial campaigns for fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent and has appeared in periodicals including Vogue, i-D, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and Vice, among countless others. Richardson has been the subject of solo exhibitions in galleries including at OH WOW, Los Angeles (2012), Half Gallery, New York (2011), Deitch Projects, New York (2004) and Galerie Perrotin, Paris (1996, 1999 and 2015). His work has also been exhibited in several museums and institutions including MOCA, Los Angeles (2012), Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam (2006), The Contemporary, Baltimore (2005), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005 and 2004), Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (2004), KW Institute, Berlin (2003).

A monograph has just been launched by Rizzoli New York, with contributions by Tom Ford, Chloë Sevigny, James Franco, Johnny Knoxville and others. Two volumes with slipcase / Vol. 1: 288 pages / Vol. 2: 360 pages. Rizzoli New York VOL. 1: PORTRAITS / VOL. 2: FASHION