Reception: September 6, 2014
September 6 – November 15, 2014
This fall, PDNB Gallery will kick off the season with a solo show for the highly recognized fashion and advertising photographer, Geof Kern, (b. 1950, Brooklyn, NY). Kern is a Dallas treasure, well known in fashion circles, particularly the Neiman Marcus set. This exhibition strongly illustrates the influence of high art on the world of advertising.
In the history of photography, museums and art collectors from all over the world have acknowledged the importance of photographers that specialize in the world of fashion and advertising, such as Man Ray, Horst, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and David LaChapelle They have all been trailblazers, bridging the two worlds seamlessly.
This exhibition will include his most memorable photographs from fashion projects for Matsuda Tokyo and Neiman Marcus. In the 1990’s, Kern was invited to create an artist book for the eminent fashion designer, Yukio Kobayashi, of Matsuda Tokyo. Kern’s surrealist influenced photography was included among a most respected list of artists on this book series, including Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller, Nan Goldin and performance artist Laurie Anderson.
In 1996, Kern created the cover for the groundbreaking first issue of, THE BOOK, the popular Neiman Marcus publication. His memorable photograph of the butterfly chair inspired the iconic butterfly motif of Neiman Marcus.
Soon after, Neiman Marcus called upon several leaders of the fashion photography world to create a hefty, 30 – 40 page advertising insert for Harper’s Bazaar named, The Art of Fashion. Geof Kern, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon and Annie Leibovitz each created a separate issue.
In 2007, Kern conceived, designed and photographed the innovative 100-year anniversary, limited edition, Neiman Marcus Pop Up book, which has become a collectible.
Geof Kern has been very successful throughout his career. He has been honored with many awards, including the Infinity Award in Applied Photography from the International Center of Photography in New York City. This is a highly recognized award in the art world.
A catalog will accompany the exhibition, with forward by D.J. Stout, former Texas Monthly photo editor and current design consultant for Pentagram. Geof Kern will be signing copies during the opening reception.