Synopses & Reviews
Two artists, one vision: The enigmatic and genre-defying work of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
"It is typical of the photographic art of van Lamsweerde and Matadin that they urge their image making to de-stabilise the pristine surfaces expected of consumer culture; to this end they make use, in turn, of the Gothic, inscrutability, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, montage, cinema, replication, image manipulation, Pop art, fetishism and art historical nuance
."—Michael Bracewell Inez van Lamsweerde
and Vinoodh Matadin
’s work has graced the walls and pages of some of the world’s finest galleries and fashion magazines, and if it is surprising that their photographs easily float between these worlds, it is by virtue of their ease in creating imagery that seeks homes in both culturally elite and mainstream outlets. For some of their photographs, such as their portrait of Björk or campaign for Givenchy, van Lamsweerde and Matadin have worked in collaboration with the art directors M/M (Paris), who have also designed this retrospective that looks back at "pretty much everything" that the photographers have been working on for over two decades and that has brought them to the forefront in the fields of both art and fashion.
This standard TASCHEN edition—an affordable version adapted from the limited edition—comes with a sheet of stickers so you can personalize your cover!
Text in English, French, and German
"A three-headed Lady Gaga, Vivienne Westwood wearing a shopping bag as a head scarf, a bearded BjÃ¶rk peering out from a sea of hair. This wondrous retrospective presents over two decades of witty, glamorous, and subversive images by Dutch photography duo van Lamsweerde and Matadin, well-known for their ad campaigns (Balenciaga, Chloe, Miu Miu, Yohji Yamamoto) and editorial work (The Face, V Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, the New York Times Magazine, and Purple). This affordable version of the previously published $700 limited edition comes in a slipcase decorated with the married duo kissing van Lamsweerde in swirling red body paint, Matadin dressed and includes a poster with stickers for readers to personalize their covers. The superbly designed volume is the work of the duo's frequent collaborators M/M (Paris), the art and design partnership of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag. As O'Brien (How to Be a Man) explains in his incisive concluding essay, 'Beyond Realism,' van Lamsweerde and Matadin are celebrated for their sly use of post-production computer effects, which 'change the body... almost as practitioners of science fiction,' though the highlights here turn out to be their inquisitive, thrillingly alive portraits. The book will take pride of place in the collections of any fan of fashion and art photography. Illus. Agent: Trunk Archive." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Glenn O'Brien is a writer who lives in New York. He is the author of How to Be a Man, Human Nature (dub version), and Soap Box.Established in Paris in 1992, M/M (Paris) is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag. They are best known for their art direction and collaborations with musicians, fashion designers, and contemporary artists, including Björk, Madonna, Yohji Yamamoto, Balenciaga, Pierre Huyghe, and Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, as well as magazines including Vogue Paris, Interview, and Purple Fashion. In addition to solo shows in galleries in Europe and Japan, they have participated in exhibitions at Centre Pompidou and Guggenheim New York, and their work is featured in public collections around the world.