Monday, December 08, 2008

Venus Revisited: The Photography of Wingate Paine

Untitled Wingate Paine... Untitled (1964-65, Vintage gelatin silver). From the exhibition Venus Revisited: The Photography of Wingate Paine at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York. "...In Mirror of Venus Wingate Paine created an icon of the 1960s Sexual Revolution. Though innocent by today’s standards, Paine’s photography pushed the limits of what was considered acceptable art photography. The book illustrated playful, strong, modern women posing in flagrante delicto for an enamored photographer. With the help of his wife, Natalie Paine, who directed a major New York modeling agency, Paine enlisted three remarkable models as collaborators: Sandy Brown, Carla Moliere and Scarlett ?. Printed in ten editions and four languages, Mirror of Venus gave the world a glimpse into a private realm that was both elegant and earthy, both sexy and pure.