About the exhibition:
James Hyman Gallery is pleased to present an opportunity to acquire rare vintage prints from one of the iconic fashion moments of the 1960s; Jean Clemmer and Paco Rabanne's famous collaboration, Canned Candies (1969).
The exhibition includes iconic original vintage photographs by Jean Clemmer, exploring fantasy, sensuality and haute couture in 1960s Paris.
In these iconic original vintage photographs by Jean Clemmer the utopian dreams of an era are captured beautifully, exploring the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Erotic images show the model as muse for French couturier Paco Rabanne's famed futuristic rhodoid and aluminium chain-mail jewellery. The photographs were both styled and created by Clemmer. Depicting nude female models 'dressed' in Rabanne's 'unwearable' fashions, these photographs epitomise the radical culture of sexual freedom of the 1960s at its apex in 1969. An exploration of the rituals of interplay between the female body and adornment, Clemmer expressed the ornamented human form as vehicle for sensuality, spectacle and pleasure through both performance and static pose. Capturing the essence of a lost era, these rare original vintage and limited edition contemporary prints offer a unique opportunity to acquire some of the most innovative images of the 1960s.
His radical collaborator Paco Rabanne's designs were featured in iconic 1960s films such as Barbarella (1968) and his clothes worn and loved by stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy.
Canned Candies was also groundbreaking for its use of black and Asian models. The publication Canned Candies was originally launched with a flourish of cocktails and naked dancers at the legendary Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris, sparking an immediate sensation. Original copies of the book have now attained cult status.
About the Artist:
Jean Clemmer (1926-2001) was a French painter, musician, and photographer who began taking photographs in 1962, following a Fine Arts degree in 1945. In 1962 Clemmer met both Salvador Dalí and fashion designer Paco Rabanne. He had first discovered the Surrealist movement by reading seminal publication Minotaure and fostered a close professional and personal relationship with Salvador Dalí. Living out the rest of the swinging sixties in Paris, Clemmer continued practicing as a photographer and artist until his death in 2001.
About James Hyman Gallery:
James Hyman Gallery is the UK's foremost commercial gallery for vintage 19th and 20th century photography. The gallery holds a substantial inventory of rare and museum-quality vintage photographs from the early days of British and French photography, through European and American Modernism, to the present day.
The gallery is a leading specialist in British Photography and represents many of the most important British photographers working today, especially those engaged in forms of subjective or contemporary documentary practice. Contemporary British photographers represented include: Anna Fox, Ken Grant, Mark Power, Andy Sewell and Jon Tonks. The gallery also works with the Estate of Andre Kertész and is proud to represent the celebrated French New Wave photographer Raymond Cauchetier.
James Hyman Gallery is also a market leader in 20th century British art, specialising in 20th century paintings, especially by the Camden Town School, St Ives artists, Kitchen Sink painters and the School of London; sculpture, especially by the post-war Geometry of Fear Sculptors; British Pop Art; and limited edition prints. The gallery is proud to represent a select group of artists, including Dennis Creffield and Derrick Greaves, as well as the Estates of Michael Andrews, Peter de Francia, Robert Medley and Edward Middleditch.
About Dr. James Hyman:
James Hyman received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute in London, where he subsequently taught. He worked for the Saatchi Collection, Christie's and Helly Nahmad Gallery before opening his own gallery in 1999. A respected academic and art historian, his book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War, 1945-1969 (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W.B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History.
James Hyman is a world expert on Modern British art and photography from the early 19th century to the present day. He is a leading authority on, and supporter of, British photography and has recently launched a new educational website devoted to British photography.