Herb Ritts

New York

April 28 – June 25, 2011

Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood, 1989

Versace Dress (Back View), El Mirage, 1990

Versace - Veiled Dress, El Mirage, 1990

Neith - Detail 1, Poundridge, 1985

Fred with Tires, Hollywood, 1984

Christy Turlington, Hollywood, 1988

Neith with Tumbleweed, Paradise Cove, 1986

Stephanie Seymour 7, Hawaii, 1989

Christy in White 4, Los Angeles, 1988

Fashion's New Form 3, Malibu, 1995

Black Female Figure 2, Los Angeles, 1987

Frankie Rayder with Snake 2, Vasquez Rocks, 2000

Tatjana Veiled Head, Joshua Tree, 1988

Rachel - Waterfall 1, Los Angeles, 1989

Carla Bruni 3, Point Dume, 1992

Female Figure with Veil 3, Paradise Cove, 1988

Michael Jackson 3, Salton Sea, 1992

Lara 2, Puerto Vallarta, 1984

Naomi Campbell - Versace 3, El Mirage, 1990

Stephanie Seymour 6, Hawaii, 1989

Carre in Sand 3, Paradise Cove, 1988

Helena 3, Los Angeles, 1990

Waterfall IV, Hollywood, 1988

Female Figure with Veil 1, Hawaii, 1989

Helena, Hollywood, 1996

Madonna I, San Pedro, 1990

Cindy Crawford - Versace 4, El Mirage, 1990

Now and Zen 1, El Mirage, 1999

Cindy Crawford 1, Hawaii, 1988

Christy Turlington - Versace 6, El Mirage, 1990

Richard Gere (Car with Tires), San Bernardino, 1979

Fred Backview with Chain, Hollywood, 1984

Press Release

Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce our representation of the Herb Ritts Foundation with an exhibition of photographs drawn from the estate’s collection. The show will take place from 28 April through 25 June 2011.

Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002) occupies photography’s Mount Olympus with the most important fashion and glamour photographers of the late 20th Century, including Horst, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, and Helmut Newton. His photographs are a standard reference in our collective cultural memory, and the classical poses of celebrities and models with their clean lines and distinct forms are easily recognizable as his style. Although Ritts’ photographs often look highly controlled and stylized, many of them came into being rather intuitively.

Self-taught, Herb Ritts took his cues from the desert landscape surrounding his home and his close proximity to Hollywood culture, which is evident in the graphic quality and visual simplicity of his photographs and the heightened glamour of their subjects. He inserts a sense of Zeitgeist and location to a rigorous formalism that seems to be inspired by modernist photographers like Edward Weston, August Sander or Man Ray.

Edwynn Houk Gallery will present a selection of Herb Ritts’ nude and glamour photographs. These images often play with fantasy, obsession, as well as social history. Often produced within the context of glossy magazines and advertisements, these works have transcended into art while still affording us an opportunity to gaze somewhat uninhibitedly at celebrities, beauty and the body. Herb Ritts was a master in sharing a world with us that was created rather than merely documented.

Herb Ritts (1952-2002) began his photographic career in the late 1970's and quickly gained a reputation for his art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for a number of high-profile brands. Since 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. In 1991 he received the Infinity Award for Applied Photography from the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York, NY. His fine art photography has been the subject of frequent exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections. A major retrospective is planned at the J. Paul Getty Museum and will run from 3 April – 12 August, 2012.