Wednesday, August 10, 2011
BEAUTY CULTURE...dazzling photographic exhibit! Annenberg Space in Los Angeles!
At the prestigious Annenberg "Space for Photography" in Los Angeles, the curators have installed a dazzling exhibit titled - BEAUTY CULTURE - which provides a seminal examination of photography’s role in capturing and defining notions of modern female beauty and how these images profoundly influence our lives in both celebratory and disturbing ways.
Through a myriad of lenses the gallery staff examine both traditional and unconventional definitions of beauty, and challenging stereotypes of gender, race and age.
The links between beauty and violence, glamour and sexuality and the cost (in its multiple meanings) of beauty, have also been thoroughly explored.
The high-profile collection features works from over 100 world-renowned beauty, fashion and fine art photographers.
In essence - BEAUTY CULTURE - encourages a social discussion about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty, as well as its cult-like glorification (and the multi-billion dollar industries that surround it).
In addition, the thought-provoking display also presents diverse viewpoints on beauty as it has evolved through the 20th and 21st centuries.
The images are challenging, daring and controversial hail the critics!
According to the curator, the exhibition ultimately illustrates the power of the still image to shape cultural ideals and expectations of feminine beauty and photography’s undeniable influence on conceptions of the Self.
In tandem with - BEAUTY CULTURE - hundreds of digital images in vivid detail on high-resolution screens have been showcased in the Digital Gallery.
The Digital Gallery also includes a short documentary film that expands upon the print exhibition’s themes, featuring interviews with well-known photographers, models, historians and beauty experts who guide visitors on a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty
See 'ya there!