Until January 15 the NRW-Forum showed the exhibition Bling Bling Baby about new tendencies in artistic photography. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it and it’s a real shame because I really wanted to see the show. But never mind, lucky for all of us they made a beautiful coffee table book accompanying the exhibition.
The book comes with an embossed linen hard cover and silver edging that’s as flashy as its images. It’s inspired by the “bling” of hip-hop, relating to things such as diamonds or a desire to show off one’s wealth. The publication, edited by the curator and journalist Nadine Barth, presents the most prominent approaches of artists, who explore the boundaries of the medium photography with wit and overwhelming color. It starts with an introduction text in German, English, French, Spanish, Russian and Chinese by the editor and is followed by the images.
Flaming flowers and lollipop hipsters, glittery façades and wallpaper Alps—in recent years a new canon of images has been developing in fine arts photography in which the art of exaggeration meets the glorification of the superficial. From glam fashion to the poetry of nature, from the pop portrait to the ironic mise-en-scène, new stances in photography display a preference for anything that’s opulent, sugary sweet, and trivial.
Featuring works by Miles Aldridge, Maxime Ballesteros, Christto & Andrew, Markus Henttonen, David LaChapelle, Inka & Niclas, Izima Kaoru, Anatol Kotte, Pierre et Gilles, Rankin, Martin Schoeller, Ruud van Empel, Pierre Winther and others.
The awarded Swedish couple Inka & Niclas whose romantic landscape photography is also included are artists you should keep an eye on by the way.
This book is a must-have for all fans of photography and glamour! It introduces new and familiar names and carries us off to a sweet, glittering and world which shows that exaggeration has remained a popular form of artistic expression and a bewildering lifestyle.
Bling Bling Baby
#artbook | Bling Bling Baby
#editor | Nadine Barth
#publisher | Hatje Cantz
#language | German, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese
#ISBN | 978-3-7757-4244-3
#pages | 192
#published | 2016
you can get your copy here.