8 posts tagged "Tracey Emin"
If the YBA movement—that’s Young British Artists, in case you weren’t gallery-hopping in the Saatchi-mad nineties—has a staff photographer, it’s a post held by Johnnie Shand Kydd, who’s shot everyone from Sam Taylor-Wood and Tracey Emin to Damien Hirst with Kate Moss. Many of those famous sitters, Emin and Taylor-Wood among them, came to Charing Cross last night to celebrate the lensman’s latest book, Siren City. And though those ladies are no doubt sirens (Taylor-Wood showed up with her new, 19-year-old fianc&233;, Aaron Johnson), it’s not a fellow artist whose song Shand Kydd heeded this time around: It’s the city of Naples.
“Whenever I find myself discussing Naples, I don’t feel like I am talking about bricks and mortar. The city’s an organism, almost human—like a very beautiful lover but with severe mental issues,” he said. So maybe a little bit more like his previous subjects than we first thought. All eyes were on the photographer as he described the city’s eerie, paganlike vibe (and, Emin noted, dark alleys and suspicious characters: “Were you ever frightened taking pictures in Naples?” she asked). With luminaries like Bella Freud, Earl Spencer (the late Princess Diana’s brother, and Shand Kydd’s stepbrother), and Agent Provocateur co-founder Serena Rees in attendance, we wondered if, post-Naples, a return to portraiture was in order. In terms of subject matter, the brass ring is still out there: “I would like to photograph Lucien Freud. He is a great, great painter and physically totally compelling.”
Siren City is available for purchase at www.othercriteria.com.
The Beijing Olympics are a fading memory now, but according to i-D‘s Tricia Jones, New Yorkers can thank the 2008 sports fest for the fact that the Soul i-D exhibition is up right now at Christie’s. Based on the book Soul i-D, which compiles the best of i-D magazine’s special projects, the Soul i-D exhibit was supposed to debut in Beijing parallel to the Olympics. Alas, as Jones explained at last night’s opening, there was a spread featuring the Dalai Lama. “That wasn’t going to fly,” she explained. “So I found myself with a show and no gallery.” Happily, a man with a gallery and no show was Azzedine Alaïa, who debuted Soul i-D at his eponymous space in Paris last year. Stints in London and Milan followed. Now New Yorkers get their chance to see the show, which features contributions from the likes of Bono, Terry Richardson (who shot the image above), Tracey Emin, Alexander McQueen, and Yoko Ono. Soul i-D, also sponsored by Gucci, is up at Gallery 6, Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, until July 30.
Because we know that there’s a significant likelihood that you, like us, are scrambling for last-minute gifts, we bring to you a selection of this year’s art books that may ease the task. There’s a little something for everyone—visual and literary types, the hopeful and the cynical. Consider it our last-minute gift to you.
Hell Bound: New Gothic Art, by Francesca Gavin (Laurence King Publishing, $24.95)
“Gothic is the art world’s zombie. It refuses to die,” proclaims Francesca Gavin, author of this season’s premier survey of gorgeously gory art by over 30 youngbloods, including Terence Koh, Amie Dicke, Chloe Piene, Matt Greene, and Wes Lang. In addition to being a leading art critic and Dazed & Confused‘s visual arts editor, author Gavin is also currently one of the coolest figures in London’s art subculture. Consider this darkly themed tome your tart antidote to an overdose of saccharine holiday cheer.
I Won’t Let You Die, by Youssef Nabil (Hatje Cantz Verlag, $60.00)
Okay, so Nabil’s book won’t be available until March, but the Egyptian photographer’s nostalgia-tinged, hand-colored images are just too beautiful not to be a holiday option. (Just give a lovely IOU written on a Smythson note card.) Nabil renders his portraits with a lovingly luxurious look adopted from old images of Egyptian cinema. His first monograph has been over a decade in the making, featuring portraits of friends and fellow artists like Julie Mehretu, David Lynch, Shirin Neshat, and Tracey Emin. Of special note is the stunning stand-alone spread of John Waters.