LA gallerist Perry Rubenstein was working as a fashion model in Europe during the early 1980s when photographer provocateur Helmut Newton was rising to fame for his erotically charged portraits of women, admirable technical prowess, and fashion savvy spreads. Later in life, Newton migrated to Los Angeles and spent time at the sumptuous, elegant Chateau Marmont, which became one of several California locations where he continued his work until his death in 2004.
Rubenstein, who just moved his art house from New York, will be celebrating the photographer’s work with an inaugural exhibition featuring 40 of Newton’s large-scale Sex portraits and unreal landscapes — a show originally conceived by the artist himself.
The exhibition — with guidance from wife and longtime collaborator June Newton — aims to contextualize Los Angeles within Newton’s global art practice, sharing “a particularly striking juxtaposition of images, which collectively represent the tremendous influence Newton has had on art and fashion alike.”
Perry Rubenstein gallery was kind enough to share a preview of the impressive exhibition with us. Visit some of Newton’s iconic nudes and notable landscapes in our gallery past the break. Head to the gallery website for more information about Sex and Landscapes, which opens in Hollywood on June 26, running until August 25.
Blonde and T.V., Hotel Gallia, Milan, 2002
Silver gelatin print
63 x 47 1/4 inches
(160 x 120 cm)
Edition 1 of 3
Verso: signed, titled & dated