Danziger Projects celebrated the opening of “The Kate Moss Portfolio and Other Stories” at its new location at 527 West Twenty-third Street in New York last night. Images of Moss by art and fashion’s greatest photographers, including Bruce Weber, Chuck Close, Terry Richardson, Mert & Marcus, Mario Testino, Juergen Teller, and others, are on display in the intimate, two-room gallery.
“I think that Kate Moss is not so much a model or a supermodel, but an artist-model,” said James Danziger, the show’s co-curator. “There is a quality that she has that inspires photographers to do their best and create something that is both the epitome of their style and also takes them as far into [the place] where art meets fashion and where fashion meets art.”
From unseen photographs taken in 1988 by Gene Lemuel, to a picture of the model at the age of eighteen in Times Square on her first trip to New York, the collection presents Moss’s evolution in the fashion industry as well as in pop culture. A series by British artist Peter Blake cleverly places Moss in the pantheon of pop-culture icons—a silkscreen image of her face appears alongside those of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Standing before his famous 1993 photograph of Moss, Mario Sorrenti mused over what makes her into such an emblematic subject. “Well, she’s incredibly beautiful and charming, and has the ability to constantly change. . . I don’t know!” he exclaimed, trying to find the words. “It’s a mystery, but it happens.”
The exhibition will be on view through June 30, 2011 at Danziger Projects; danzigerprojects.com
Source: vogue.com, pictures: Google