What makes Albert Watson
one of the world’s most revered photographers
, hailed by peers, critics, and collectors alike? Is it his unparalleled celebrity portraits? Breathtaking landscapes? Sensual nudes, still lifes, illustrious fashion shoots?KAOS
presents a kaleidoscopic overview of Watson’s career
to date and the dazzling array of subjects, objects, people, and places he has encountered along the way. It is a skillfully curated survey of a uniquely diverse, dynamic portfolio
. From Watson’s breakthrough portrait of Alfred Hitchcock for the Christmas 1973 edition of Harper’s Bazaar
to a 2016 shot of Kanye West, each photograph reverberates with tightly coiled power, tension, and poetry
. Whether it’s a portrait of a Las Vegas dominatrix, Elvis’s gold suit, or a street scene in China, Watson excels in capturing the details seamlessly and probing its myriad depths. Along the way, his celebrity portraiture includes the likes of David Bowie, Jay Z, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Steve Jobs, and Andy Warhol
This remarkable collection is accompanied by an essay from former head of photographs at Christie’s, Philippe Garner
, extensive quotes from Watson, as well as dozens of previously unpublished Polaroids
, culled from Watson’s personal archives. The result is a defining document of the “photographer’s photographer,”
iridescent in its graphic, often cinematic allure, and irresistible in its eclectic glory.
This Art Edition
comes with the signed print Breaunna, Las Vegas, 2001
. The dominatrix Miss Beehayving, otherwise known as Breaunna was a photographic muse for Watson
and he shot her extensively as part of a personal project on Las Vegas. Its ambivalence is so alluring, erotic, but also somewhat melancholy
, taking place in an anonymous hotel setting. It also displays Watson’s virtuosity with color and his occasional veering into a vision that has shades of David Lynch.Art Edition (No. 101–150), with the signed print Breaunna, Las Vegas, 2001, printed by Watson in his New York studio on MOAB Entrada Rag paper and with Watson’s “Monkey with Mask” photograph stamped on the reverse in India ink.
Also available as three other Art Editions of 50 copies each, with alternative signed prints, and as a signed Collector’s Edition (No. 201–1,200).