The modern history of prostitution is inextricably linked with that of photography. A new exhibit, Scarlet Muse, spans the last 150 years of sex work, as told through photographs from the late 19th century to the present. The show includes the work of more than 20 photographers who befriended, employed, or were themselves sex workers — a loving, stylish tribute to the oldest profession.
The first major solo exhibition by the influential London stylist and accessories designer Judy Blame — known for his unorthodox use of safety pins, buttons, badges, bottle tops, cutlery, plastic bags, toy soldiers, and keys chains — arrives later this month. Presented as a montage rather than a chronology, the survey brings together an assortment of artifacts, collages, jewelry, editorials, and sketchbooks.
As film gives way to the digital revolution, the photographs of Helmut Newton only grow more compelling — slick and steamy, stunning in simplicity, equally influenced by art and erotica. Beginning June 17, Foam museum in Amsterdam will present a major retrospective of the iconic photographer, featuring more than 200 works, ranging from early prints (that rarely go on display) to monumental photos, the majority of which are on loan from the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin.
A modern version of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata opened in Rome, directed by Sofia Coppola (the filmmaker's first opera), with four costumes by Valentino Garavani for the main character, Violetta, and the rest by Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli...
The largest exhibition of Banksy works ever assembled, War Capitalism & Liberty, will debut in Rome on Tuesday. The show, which includes the pop-style image of Kate Moss, spans the career of the mystery graffiti artist, political activist, and film director.
A spritely fixture on the New York and Paris fashion scene in the 1970s, Antonio Lopez primarily worked as an illustrator for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. For kicks, he bought an Instamatic camera to capture his famous social swirl — Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Divine, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, Jessica Lange — thus keeping a kind of visual diary of the era.
A new exhibit in Milan explores Jean Paul Goude’s extraordinary imagery, in particular the women who've played muse along the way.
The French photographer's unapologetically retouched oeuvre includes Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah; models dashing across a finish line in billowing couture and high heels; and 70s model Carolina Beaumont balancing a glass of champagne on her rear (he'd have Kim Kardashian do the same decades later).