Newton nuts, rejoice! When the photographic master established his foundation in Berlin a decade ago, he donated several hundred original photographs for the foundation’s permanent collection. Later this month, for its tenth anniversary, the Helmut Newton Foundation will exhibit roughly 200 of them, in all their glorious sensuality and dramatic seductiveness.
Organized by the three main genres of Newton’s oeuvre — portraits, nudes, fashion — the works on display will consist of personalities Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Karl Lagerfeld, as well as magazine editorials primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. The much-anticipated nudes, meanwhile, hail from a specific time and place: 1980 Paris. These Big Nudes, as they’re affectionately called, are considered the best examples of the artist’s renowned erotic-urban style. Some of them will be life-sized, for the full uncensored, unapologetic Newton experience.
Permanent Loan Selection, Nov 27, 2014 – May 17, 2015, Helmut Newton Foundation, Jebensstrasse 2, Berlin
Helmut Newton, David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini, Los Angeles, 1983 © Helmut Newton Estate
Helmut Newton, Catherine Deneuve for a Photo-Essay in Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 1983 © Helmut Newton Estate
Helmut Newton, David Bowie, Monte Carlo, 1983 © Helmut Newton Estate
Helmut Newton, Arielle After a Haircut, Paris, 1982 © Helmut Newton Estate
Helmut Newton, Sigourney Weaver, Los Angeles, 1983 © Helmut Newton Estate