I’ve been helping to organize an exhibition of work by 11 young photographers that will take place on 8th July at Spring Studios in London and over the next few days I’ll be posting some of the work most relevant to this page. It’s a guest list only event but if you’re keen to come please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org
The beautiful flyer is by the one and only Maxime Buechi with photography by Ekaterina Bazhenova.
Vera von Lehndorff: I was always being different types of women. I copied Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo. Then I got bored so I painted myself as an animal.
I have this old issue of ZOOM magazine from the 80’s and they are featuring a big portfolio of pictures of Veruschka. I have always loved that woman, and recently, someone reminded me of her existence, which made me think I could write a post about her on here.
Veruschka was the world’s first supermodel, a playmate of Hollywood stars and a pioneer in the art of body painting.
Veruschka was born in 1939 in East Prussia as Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort. For a short time, she enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle residing in East Prussia in a large house on an enormous estate that had been in her family for centuries. Her father was a German count and army reserve officer who became a key member of the German Resistance. When Veruschka was five years old, Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff-Steinort was executed for attempting to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the July 20 Plot. After his death, the remaining family members spent their times in labor camps until the end of World War II. By the end of the war, her family was left homeless.
She studied art in Hamburg and then moved to Florence, where she was discovered at age 20 by the photographer Ugo Mulas and became a full-time model. Back then tall models were not considered desirable in Paris, but there she met Eileen Ford, head of the prestigious Ford Modeling Agency. In 1961, she moved to New York City, but she did not score any bookings. To stand out, she returned to Munich and told people that she was really from Russia and changed her name to create a mysterious persona, which earned her many bookings. She had also garnered attention when she made a brief five minute [...]
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Alan Vega, Infinite Mercy (Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, curated by Mathieu Copeland)
ALAN VEGA, KNOWN TO BE ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF MINIMALIST ELECTRONIC ROCK AS THE CO -FOUNDER WITH MARTIN REV OF THE MYTHICAL BAND “SUICIDE”, IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A VISUAL ARTIST ACTIVE ON THE NEW YORK SCENE SINCE THE END OF THE 1960S.
/ THE FIRST TIME I DID A LIGHT PIECE WAS WHEN I WAS WORKING ON A VERY BIG PURPLE PAINTING. THERE WAS ONE LIGHT BULB IN THE ROOM, AND AS I WALKED AROUND I NOTICED HOW THE PAINTING ACQUIRED DIFFERENT ASPECTS. I WANTED IT TO BE ONE COLOUR, SO […] I TOOK THE LIGHT OUT OF THE CEILING AND REALLY STUCK IT ON THE PAINTING. THAT STARTED ME WITH THE WHOLE IDEA OF LIGHT BECAUSE I WANTED TO CONTROL THE COLOUR, BUT THEN I SUDDENLY BEGAN TO REALIZE JUST HOW MUCH LIGHT AFFECTS A PAINTING — ALL PAINTING IS ABOUT LIGHT. […] AS I STARTED WORKING WITH LIGHT, I STARTED GETTING MORE AND MORE INTO DIFFERENT COLOURS OF LIGHT INSTEAD OF USING PAINT. I STARTED USING LIGHT BULBS OF COLOUR THAT BECAME MY PAINT. /