‘Material Evidence. Syria. Ukraine’ comes to NYC

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Crimes against peace have become a central theme of the international photo exhibition that is now touring Germany. Scenes of misery and destruction in the Syrian and Ukrainian conflicts were handpicked by a jury to show the true face of the war.

Photo exhibition “Material Evidence. Syria. Ukraine” in Berlin is based purely on the material submitted by war correspondents illustrating “the evolution of the countries undergoing civil conflicts.” It is organized in such a way that allows maximum visitor participation.

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to see this collection of photographs and multimedia displays in their city this year, starting September 21 through October 11 at ART Beam, Chelsea, 540 West 21st, New York 10011.  Admission is free.

The exhibition poster (it’s huge!) being displayed in the city’s train stations is attracting thousands of New Yorkers interested in learning more about the wars in Syria and Ukraine.

Besides unique photographs and multimedia displays, visitors have a chance to see some material evidence from the warzone. Gas masks, tire roadblocks and personal possessions of the victims are just some items found on display.

“This is a brilliant idea, to juxtapose photos and the materials that were present at the scene when the photograph was taken,” Irina Schiemann, Assistant Organiser of the exhibition told RT. “Such an approach allows the visitor maximum absorption of the true nature of conflict. Every visitor notes that.”


From The Sidewalk to the Catwalk: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum NYC


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

At the Brooklyn Museum

October 25, 2013–February 23, 2014

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

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The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking French couturier. Playful, poetic, and transformative, Gaultier’s superbly crafted and detailed garments are inspired by the beauty and diversity of global cultures.

This multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development—from the streets of Paris to the cinema—since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts, and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender, and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris. The exhibition is curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot of the MMFA. The Brooklyn presentation is coordinated by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

More International Press for WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 – ’11

London Sunday Times Magazine, UK

Back in the grim but glorious days of 1978, a young Dutch photographer named Anton Corbijn arrived in Los Angeles. It was his first trip to America. He took a taxi to the Tropicana Motel on Santa Monica Boulevard. Stepping out of the cab, he found Tom Waits sitting on the sidewalk.

“It was,” he recalls, savouring the memory, “a Hollywood dream come true.”

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DeMorgen Magazine, Belgium

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L’Express Style, France

C’est l’une des sagas photographiques les plus riches jamais consacrée à une légende du rock. L’histoire commence à Amsterdam, en 1977, lorsqu’un jeune photographe néerlandais se faufile dans la loge d’un chanteur américain déjà nimbé de mystère. Le premier, Anton Corbijn a 21 ans ; le second, Tom Waits, 28. Suivront trente-six années d’amitié fascinée. « Tom Waits irradiait, raconte Corbijn. Son visage, son corps, es mouvements, surtout, m’évoquaient Egon Schiele, la brutalité crue des nus de Lucian Freud, le dandysme de Kerouac, le génie de Bukowski…» Une mythologie commune aux deux hommes, qu’Anton orbijn explorera sur les chemins du rock : le groupe Depeche Mode, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop seront magnifiés par ses grands portraits en noir et lanc, aux contrastes accusés, austères et tourmentés, à la façon du Nord. ientôt surnommé « Hamlet », Corbijn produira – notamment – nombre ’images de Joy Division et de New Order, deux groupes cultes parmi les lus dark.

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L’Express Culture, France

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La Republica, Italy

“Una Vita Con Waits”

Tom Waits ha 64 anni, compiuti il 7 dicembre, ma potrebbe averne 102 o 21, non farebbe tanta differenza. Lo scorrere del tempo, il cambiare delle stagioni e delle mode non lo riguardano: la musica che crea, le canzoni che canta, gli strumenti che suona, non hanno alcuna relazione con l’oggi. E non si tratta di snobismo, non è un rifiuto della modernità tecnologicamente intesa, o di un rapporto completo con la contemporaneità.

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Anton Corbijn To Open “Waits/Corbijn ’77 – ’11” Exhibition On May 5th In Amsterdam


On May 5th, WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 –’11, a limited edition book by Anton Corbijn and Tom Waits will be presented for the first time at &Foam the project space of Foam, the Photography Museum Amsterdam. To celebrate the book release, there will be an exhibition of unique material on display, allowing an insight into the book’s creative process and how this collaboration came to fruition. Anton Corbijn will be present at the event on May 5th to sign copies, ahead of the book’s worldwide release on the 8th of May. The presentation is organized by Foam, which since opening its doors in 2001, has established itself as one of Europe’s primary venues for photography. Foam has hosted solo exhibitions by key names in international photography, such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz and Anton Corbijn, whose major exhibition of recent work “Inwards and Onwards” was Foam’s highest attended show to date.



Photographs by Anton Corbijn
Curiosities by Tom Waits
Collector’s Edition of 6,600 copies
with slipcase

List price:
€ 148.- plus local VAT
(D) € 158.36 / (A) € 162.80 /
(CH) CHF 204.00
(US) US$ 200.00 / (GB) GBP 135.00

10 x 14⅙ in. / 25.5 x 36 cm
272 pages, 226 color and duotone plates

ISBN 978-3-8296-0555-7


WAITS/CORBIJN ‘77-‘11 is the celebration of an artistic collaboration that reaches back more than 35 years, to those first black-and-white photographs of Tom Waits taken by a young and virtually unknown Anton Corbijn in Holland in 1977. Corbijn would go on to acclaim for his iconic, enigmatic portraits of musicians and other artists – from U2 and Miles Davis to Robert De Niro and Clint Eastwood to Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter – also becoming a pioneer in music video and more recently, an award-winning director of feature films.

By 1977, Tom Waits was already known worldwide for a series of stunning, timeless albums, filled with songs of a noir-tinged Los Angeles that owed as much to writers like John Fante and Jack Kerouac as it did to the jazz, blues, and tin-pan alley that had soaked into Waits’ pores from childhood. Ahead of Waits lay his partnership with Kathleen Brennan – leading to such touchstone recordings as Rain Dogs and Mule Variations – his film work with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Jim Jarmusch, and his stage projects with legendary director Robert Wilson.

In those first photographs, then, are the seeds of these two intertwined careers, feeding off each other. Waits’ vibrant persona helped Corbijn define his narrative, cinematic style of still photography: images that felt as if you were coming in on the middle of some unfolding drama. In turn, Corbijn helped Waits evolve his visual style into a new theatrical self that synced beautifully with the experimental music he was making with Brennan. And lead him to his own photography, collected here for the first time under the title “Curiosities,” a visual handle to the artistic intelligence millions of fans know only through his music. Photographs of Tom Waits by Anton Corbijn, photographs by Tom Waits of the vivid quotidian, stretching down through the years, and presented for the first time in a beautiful clothbound book; side by side, these 226 images record one of the longest and most fruitful collaborations in the careers of both artists.

One of the best anti-war song/video: Hell Broke Luce by Tom Waits

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