Photographs from the Collection agnès b.

 Bathtub by Ryan Mc Ginley

Ryan McGinley: Bathtub

agnès b is not only one of the most interesting fashion designers, she also is a dedicated art collector. These days her collection is shown for the first time outside of France. C/O Berlin presents about 200 photographs and some video works until December 7. More after the break.

Untitled (Hannah) by Ingar Krauss

Ingar Krauss: Untitled (Hanna)

The artist roster is spanning the period from the emergence of the medium to contemporary independent photography: on the one hand there are Weegee, Man Ray and Brassaï, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Nan Goldin and Larry Clark. On the other hand you find less known artists such as Ryan McGinley and Ingar Krauss.

Some pictures are well familiar, and some even became part of the collective memory. But there is also a lot to discover. Take the expressive portrait of Muhammad Ali for instance, which was shot by an anonymous photographer.

The exhibition presents a broad spectrum of pictures, though it also has a recurrent theme, which is youth. agnès b once said that “she has a preference for youth, for people who are in search for something and who are insecure and doubtful.”

This statement also explains her interest in the art of Ryan McGinley. His photographs are the highlight of the exhibition.

McGinley’s romantic, sensual and hedonistic pictures deal with the perfect moments of life. They show a utopia, a vision of a liberated world. “My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living” (Ryan McGinley). The exhibition at C/O Berlin presents some of McGinley’s most beautiful pictures, such as Bathtub (2005) and Whirlwind (2004). The large scale print of his Lily Wheelwright portrait Lily (Black Eye) alone is worth attending this marvellous exhibition.

Photographs from the Collection agnès b.

11.10. – 7.12.2008

C/O Berlin

Oranienburger Straße/
10117 Berlin

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