Valérie Belin will present her newest series, "All Star" at Edwynn Houk Gallery. The exhibition of eleven large-scale color photographs will be on view January 19 - March 4, 2017.

For this series, Belin utilizes the fantastical world of vintage comic books as the inspiration for multilayered portraits that are both visually and psychologically complex. The series continues Belin’s investigations of the ideas of surface, beauty, artifice, and disorder that have become consistent themes in her practice; however, in this new body of work she takes her considerations further to explore the disarray of not only the physical but also a mental world that is chaotic, saturated, and obsessive. Borrowing from the tradition of pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Belin utilizes graphic and exuberant comics as a source for greater psychological exploration. Ranging from the empowered story of Super Girl to the dramatic passion seen in the image Confessions of the Lovelorn, each comic tells a different story and supplies an alternate narrative for the woman pictured. Belin imagines these women in a reality apart from, yet connected to, the fantastical realm of the comics, and she likens the spiraling composition of imagery to the flurry of ideas and imaginings within the women’s minds. Through her combination of the darker film noir depiction of the model with the glowing idealism of the comics, Belin constructs a new genre where the distinctions between polar ideals such as good and evil, right and wrong, and joy and despair become more elaborate and ambiguous.

In conjuction with the show, Valérie Belin will be in conversation with Quentin Bajac, at  Albertine bookstore on February, 28th at 7pm. Quentin Bajac is the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. They will discuss Belin’s new book, Valerie Belin (Damiani, 288 pages, $55) which surveys her stunning series from Magicians, Bouquets and Lido to Brides, Bob, and Black Eyed Susan and continuing up to recent work including Super Models and All Stars. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necesary.

Valérie Belin lives and works in Paris. She trained at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Bourges from 1983 to 1988, and then went on to study the philosophy of art at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, where she was awarded a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in 1989. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in international venues including the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), PHI Center, Montreal, Quebec (2014). Her work has appeared in several group exhibitions including A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014) Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013), Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Brussels (2014) and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York (2013). Amongst the collections that have acquired her work are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul.


All Star exhibition
LOCATION: Edwynn Houk Gallery
DATES: Jan 19 - Mar 4, 2017
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Talk with Quentin Bajac
LOCATION: Albertine Bookstore
DATE: feb 28, 2017
Click here for more information
Edwynn Houk Gallery 745 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10151

Valérie Belin at Edwynn Houk Gallery and talk with Quentin Bajac at Albertine Bookstore

When
Jan 19 - Mar 4, 2017
Where
Edwynn Houk Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10151
Valérie Belin, Super Girl, 2016

Valérie Belin will present her newest series, "All Star" at Edwynn Houk Gallery. The exhibition of eleven large-scale color photographs will be on view January 19 - March 4, 2017.

For this series, Belin utilizes the fantastical world of vintage comic books as the inspiration for multilayered portraits that are both visually and psychologically complex. The series continues Belin’s investigations of the ideas of surface, beauty, artifice, and disorder that have become consistent themes in her practice; however, in this new body of work she takes her considerations further to explore the disarray of not only the physical but also a mental world that is chaotic, saturated, and obsessive. Borrowing from the tradition of pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Belin utilizes graphic and exuberant comics as a source for greater psychological exploration. Ranging from the empowered story of Super Girl to the dramatic passion seen in the image Confessions of the Lovelorn, each comic tells a different story and supplies an alternate narrative for the woman pictured. Belin imagines these women in a reality apart from, yet connected to, the fantastical realm of the comics, and she likens the spiraling composition of imagery to the flurry of ideas and imaginings within the women’s minds. Through her combination of the darker film noir depiction of the model with the glowing idealism of the comics, Belin constructs a new genre where the distinctions between polar ideals such as good and evil, right and wrong, and joy and despair become more elaborate and ambiguous.

In conjuction with the show, Valérie Belin will be in conversation with Quentin Bajac, at  Albertine bookstore on February, 28th at 7pm. Quentin Bajac is the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. They will discuss Belin’s new book, Valerie Belin (Damiani, 288 pages, $55) which surveys her stunning series from Magicians, Bouquets and Lido to Brides, Bob, and Black Eyed Susan and continuing up to recent work including Super Models and All Stars. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necesary.

Valérie Belin lives and works in Paris. She trained at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Bourges from 1983 to 1988, and then went on to study the philosophy of art at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris, where she was awarded a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in 1989. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in international venues including the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), PHI Center, Montreal, Quebec (2014). Her work has appeared in several group exhibitions including A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014) Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013), Nathalie Obadia Gallery, Brussels (2014) and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York (2013). Amongst the collections that have acquired her work are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul.


All Star exhibition
LOCATION: Edwynn Houk Gallery
DATES: Jan 19 - Mar 4, 2017
Click here for more information
 
Talk with Quentin Bajac
LOCATION: Albertine Bookstore
DATE: feb 28, 2017
Click here for more information
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