Join me by the pool for a bit of gossip?
I have been coveting a little Slim Aarons in my art collection for a long while. I bit the bullet and bought a big Poolside Gossip. I am not sure where it will go yet but, I cannot wait to get if frames. I looked at other options to see frames used. I am thinking a large white matte and white frame. I would love to float it in an acrylic box but, not sure it will work.
In 1946, the famous architect Richard Neutra, a champion of modernism, built this desert house situated in Palm Springs for E. Kaufmann. More than 24 years afterwards, Slim Aarons photographs the villa from the pool side. The composition completely revolves around a unique vanishing point situated between the two silhouettes at the end of the pool. Following in the example of the house which is a play on vertical and horizontal layouts, the photograph is supported by parallel and perpendicular lines which seem to cite the modernism of the dwelling. In 2008, Christie’s is entrusted with the sale of this house. The successful bidder pays 15 million dollars at the auction. This acquisition, which takes place as part of a contemporary art sale, puts this villa in an artistic context. Slim Aarons is really photographing a work of art, recapturing the architectural codes of the house and introducing its inhabitants. (1970)
Want to know more about this cool photographer? I did. I found this from 1st dibs.
Increasingly heralded for his influence, Slim Aarons (1916-2006) made a career out of photographing “attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places.” Aarons is known for his iconic images of Hollywood glamour and luxurious people, places and lifestyles.
Aarons began his career as a combat photographer in World War I. Though he earned a Purple Heart for his service, he declared that combat had taught him that he only beach worth landing on was decorated with beautiful people enjoying themselves in the sun.
Slim Aarons is noted for his documentation of the Beautiful People over 50 years, encompassing high society, celebrity, aristocracy, and the jet set. He was born and raised in New York City and New Jersey and later New Hampshire. He took up photography as a teenager. At the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and was later appointed official photographer at the United States Military Academy at West Point. During World War II he served as an army combat photographer for Yank magazine in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. After the war he became a freelance photojournalist, first based in Hollywood, then Rome, then New York. His photographs appeared in many magazines, including Life, Holiday, Town & Country, Look, Venture, and Travel & Leisure. His first book A Wonderful Time (1974) is considered a classic.
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Are you a Slim Aarons fan?
Which would you choose?