Leg of Lamb’s favourite gentleman Bryan Ferry is an avid photographer as well as a musician. Ferry’s responsible for a number of his own album covers, and recently photographed Kate Moss (above) for his latest record, Olympia. The results of this shoot, along with a selection of earlier works, are currently on display at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles.
Ferry was once taught by English pop-artist Richard Hamilton and owns an art collection of some repute, so it’s no surprise that his shoot with Moss had high art overtones. Riffing on Manet’s Olympia, Ferry selected Moss as his “modern muse”, describing her as “…the ‘femme fatale’ of our age, as controversial as she is beautiful, and the most glamorous female icon since Marilyn Monroe”. Leg of Lamb begs to differ. Roxy Music’s previous cast of glamazons (also included in the show and featuring Ferry’s former squeeze Jerry Hall – above) would eat Moss for breakfast.
Bryan Ferry, Olympia, Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, until November 5th.
Kate Moss has ‘curated’ a selection of portraits of…herself (of course!) to be exhibited at the Pulse Miami art fair this week. Produced in collaboration with Danziger Projects and priced at US$75,000 each, the limited edition portfolios contain photographs of Moss shot by fashion icons Mario Testino, Juergen Teller and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, among others. Whether the model turned art dealer chooses to grace Danziger Projects’ stand with her presence remains to be seen.
Kate Moss was the proposed subject of an exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris next year but the show has been cancelled due to lack of sponsorship. Thank goodness. Surely photographs of the vacuous old slapper should be relegated to the pages of magazines rather than promoted on the walls of one of France’s prestigious institutions.
That said, she’s been a muse for many artists: Jeurgen Teller, Marc Quinn, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin, Chuck Close, and Lucian Freud are all fans, which just goes to show there’s no accounting for taste.