To commemorate the launch of photographer Kenneth Willardt’s first art book, The Beauty Book (teNeues, Fall 2014), the Danish-born artist will mount an exhibition of his work at 558 Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
The Beauty Book —which features 304 pages of more than 85 of Willardt’s most celebrated subjects— is publisher teNeues’ first interactive fashion book. A companion smartphone viewing app digitally animates photographs featured in the book, and The Beauty Book exhibition will bring to life these works as augmented reality artworks in the gallery.
Though Willardt’s work is varied in tone and subject, everyone from “Gigi to Gaga” (Gigi Hadid to Lady Gaga) has been captured by his finely structured compositions and striking sense of intimacy that reinforces our contemporary concept of beauty. Subjects likeJennifer Lopez, Hugh Laurie, Jane Fonda, Georgia May Jagger, Kelly Osbourne, Freida Pinto, Ryan Reynolds, Claudia Schiffer,Chloe Sevigny, Christian Slater, Lara Stone, Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima, Mads Mikkelsen and more are featured in the volume.
100 percent of Kenneth Willardt’s earned royalties from sales of The Beauty Book will be donated to Rescuers Without Borders (Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres/SSF), a medical organization dedicated to saving lives across the world regardless of nationality or religion.
The Beauty Book will be showing at 558 Gallery from November 8, to December 7, 2014, with an opening night and book launch event on Friday, November 7, 2014. The Beauty Book is currently available for sale from teNeues.com, and from 558gallery.com with a limited-edition cover that doubles as a display stand.
ABOUT KENNETH WILLARDT
Over his career, photographer Kenneth Willardt has captured an impressive array of images that epitomize our contemporary concept of beauty. His editorial work has been published in magazines worldwide such as Vogue (China, Nippon, Brazil, Spain and Germanyeditions), Italian Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour (UK and US editions), SELF, A Magazine, Berliner, GQ, and Vs. Magazine. His advertising clients include: L’Oreal, Maybelline, Clinique, Christian Dior, Shiseido, Max Factor, Revlon, Neutrogena, Clairol, Garnier, Pantene, Aussie, Sunglass Hut, Kira Plastinina, Target, and Victoria’s Secret.