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Oct 12 - Dec 18

Gagosian Gallery, 3 Merlin Street, Athens, , 10671, Greece
    My Little Darling—Eva, 2002
    Pigment Print on watercolor paper
    40 x 32 5/8 inches (101.6 x 82.9 cm)
    Ed. of 5

    3 Baby Pink Roses, 2013
    pigment print
    60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
    Ed. of 3

    Eniko’s First Picture—V Magazine, 2008
    Pigment print on watercolor paper
    40 x 30 3/8 inches (101.6 x 77.2 cm)
    Ed. of 5

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Inez & Vinoodh at Gagosian Athens

Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin take over Athens with their latest bespoke exhibition at the Gagosian gallery, after having conquered Paris and Los Angeles. Partners in life and work, Inez & Vinnoodh are the perfect example of how a love relationship can be transformed into a creative union and viceversa. For the last 25 year the famous Dutch duo has been a source of inspiration for many with their iconic photographs and their particular vision on beauty, standing somewhere between Dutch Realism, Pop-Art and Hyperrealism. Their works, which are often an interpretation of the female archetypes, have been featured in major fashion magazines like Vogue, I-D, W, Pop and Vanity Fair among others, and their passion for portraying the infinite possibilities of human nature and exploring the full potential of digital manipulation has made them one of the ultimate references in the fashion world. What’s more, the fact that one can instantly recognize a photo of their work is the proof that they have managed to create a style of their own, which is pretty much what everyone is desperately looking for nowadayss.

Their Gagosian Athens exhibition hosts a large number of images from their extensive portfolio, focusing on nude celebrity portraits and exciting still-life botanical pictures, many of them with big references to the photographic work of Mapplethorpe, Araki and Blossfeldt. Portraits taken over the last ten years juxtapose successfully famous supermodels like Eva Herzigová, Freja Beha or Lara Stone with lesser or little known individuals. All photos reflect perfectly the complicity established with the photographers, the almost magic connection between the artist and his subject. These photographic imaginings, whether one or many steps removed from reality, frequently involve casting the subject in an unfamiliar pose or guise, with further manipulations in post-production. With their preference for disturbance and displacement, Inez & Vinoodh aspire, as they point out, to unsettle the real and make the familiar ever strange. And it’s this dialogue between the beautiful and the bizarre, the elegant and the extreme, that makes their work so special.