“Between Art & Fashion. Photographs from the Collection of Carla Sozzani / Alice Springs. Portraits” is opening on Friday, 1 June 2018, at the Helmut Newton Foundation (Museum for Photography, Berlin).
Art and fashion arbiter Carla Sozzani founded revolutionary “concept shop” 10 Corso Como in Milan in 1990, which was far ahead of the times in its combination of culture and commerce, offering a curated experience of art, fashion, food, music and design. Today, this 360° experiential concept is touted as the new hope for retail and cultural institutions. Following outposts in Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing, New York is slated to open September 2018 in a 13,000-square-foot space in the Seaport conceived like an Italian piazza.
Over the course of exhibiting the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Erwin Blumenfeld and David LaChapelle at Galleria Carla Sozzani for 28 years, Sozzani has amassed her own collection of nearly 1000 photos, including work by Man Ray, Daido Moriyama, Duane Michals and Francesca Woodman. Between Art & Fashion, curated by Fabrice Hergott and debuted at the Galerie Azzedine Alaïa in Paris in November 2016, will present iconic images as well as a few surprises in an entirely new arrangement in thematic resonance with the venue in light of Sozzani’s close friendship with Helmut and June Newton. Highlights of the show include her collaborations with Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon, Bruce Weber and Paolo Roversi, who will be present at the opening.
Another special treat on the occasion of June’s 95thbirthday is a suite of portraits she took of artists, photographers and fashion designers, the who’s who of the cultural jet set, selected in the context of the exhibit. She started taking photos in 1970 under the name Alice Springs when she had to fill in for Helmut when he was incapacitated for a photo shoot in Paris, and went on to have a successful career in her own right, publishing in magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, and exhibiting internationally.