Thursday, October 8, 2009

Richard Avedon Exhibit - By Guest Stylist Christina Hild

Our guest stylist today is Christina Hild. We could go so far as to say she is an art fanatic but her love of travel, fashion, music and literature rival her adoration for art so we'll lovingly call her passionate and well rounded. Having studied in Florence at the Studio Art Centers International, and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in La Jolla, she not only appreciates great art, she has the knowledge to explain why. Christina currently resides in San Francisco and below is her take on the Richard Avedon collection at the SFMomA.

Christina Hild

San Francisco is known for many things – the fog, the golden gate bridge, good food, and most importantly, the culture... It’s all around you here. And if you seek it out, you will find that you are very rarely disappointed. Take the Richard Avedon photography exhibit at SFMoMA (runs until November 29, 2009). What on the surface appears to be just a collection of old black and white photos, is actually a door into the world and mind of one of this century’s most iconic photographers. You’ve probably seen his photos and never known he was behind the camera. From Marilyn Monroe to Janis Joplin to 1950’s fashion photos, Avedon has created a portfolio of work that can only be admired and respected. He is most well-known for revolutionizing the art of portraiture. If you see his work, and I hope you do, you will instantly notice that he truly is able to blur the lines between photography and fine art.

Bob Dylan, musician, Central Park, New York, February 10, 1965

Janis Joplin, singer, Port Arthur, Texas, August 28. 1969

Björk, musician, New York, June 2, 2004

Twiggy & Richard Avedon, Paris, April 1967

Twiggy, Paris studio, 1968

Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955

Marilyn Monroe, New York, May 6, 1957

Richard Avedon, Self-portrait, Provo, Utah, August 20, 1980

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