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“IVY” Exhibit by Conrad Ventur | Curated by William Corwin

Ivy Nicholson exhibit at Baxter Street Camera Club

Opening Reception: November 2, 2016 | 6 – 8 pm

The life of Warhol Superstar Ivy Nicholson and her family are the subjects of this exhibition of photographs by Conrad Ventur. Nicholson grew up in 30s Brooklyn, became a top model and fashion icon in the Paris of the 50s and was a core member of Warhol’s Factory entourage in the 60s. More recently, she’s lived hand-to-mouth, moving often, sometimes homeless. Through the collaboration between Nicholson and Ventur, the former Superstar has again become a muse to an artist, and she relishes her return to the limelight. She presents herself, her twins Gunther and Penelope and her daily routine, through venues, vignettes and styling.

ivy_leaf_shaker-copyVentur’s ongoing project of re-capturing the Warhol Superstars as they are now has resulted in unblinking and lyrical portraits of some of the most fascinating personalities of the 60’s and 70’s: Taylor Mead, Billy Name, and Mario Montez, for example. In each case, the project has followed the pace of a sensitive duet in which Ventur allows for a conceptual flexibility that shares the balance of creativity between photographer and subject—allowing for the otherness and signature aesthetic choices of both to emerge through the works. The Superstars were proto-reality stars who cultivated oversize gestures and cliché, seeking to both live a contrived drama and a natural life simultaneously. Ventur deftly manages to capture the authentic individuals and their fabricated existences in his photographs.

Camera Club of NY
126 Baxter Street
New York, NY 10013

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