December 04, 2018
An Homage to Pop Culture Icons and Heroes
Exhibition opens at Saks Fifth Avenue, Brickell City Centre On view December 5 16, 2018 during Miami Art Week 2018
‘An Homage to Pop Culture Icons and Heroes’ marks the inaugural exhibition of photographer and artist, Roberto Rabanne’s work during the 2018 Miami Art Week at Saks Fifth Avenue. Rabanne has captured candid moments with some of our most beloved pop culture idols and disruptors, including Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Prince, Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Presidents Nelson Mandela and Barak Obama, Kate Moss, and others.
The works featured spotlight milestones from Rabanne’s fivedecade career, with a collection of photographs, many never-seen-before and featuring embellished Objets d’art complementing Saks Fifth Avenue’s art and fashion sensibilities.
“Within this body of work, I am exploring a central theme and definition of our modern Apollonian and Dionysian pop cultural icons in the 21st Century,” Rabanne notes. “I have always been fascinated by the classic Greco-Roman Age, when selfactualized individuals consciously rose above all others to lead, inspire, and rebel. They provoked positive changes in the status quo, pushing their contemporaries out of their comfort zones and towards a new understanding of the world.”
Through his lens, Rabanne has documented the lives of pop culture legends who fearlessly pushed conventional social paradigms to elevate, inspire and even define generations.
This selling exhibition represents a hybrid series of Rabanne’s traditional prints and contemporary Objets d'art achieved through 3D objects and digital printing technology on nontraditional media, such as Swarovski crystal fabric, wallboards, leather, ceramic tiles, plexiglass, aluminum, wood and metalized papers.
In this exclusive exhibition for Saks Fifth Avenue, Brickell City Centre , 'An Homage to Pop Culture Icons and Heroes,' Rabanne optimistically explores the complexities of pop culture superstars and their historical influence on culture.
‘An Homage to Pop Culture Icons and Heroes’ will be on exhibit at Saks Fifth Avenue at Brickell City Centre in Miami, Wednesday, December 5 Sunday, December 16, 2018.
ABOUT ROBERTO RABANNE
From creator of candid images to compelling historian, Roberto Rabanne has brilliantly documented more than half a century of iconic culture with his treasured camera. His intimate portraits have graced the pages of Vogue, WWD, National Geographic and Life, capturing multigenerations mostfamed artists, celebrities and events. Through a rendering of true moments, Rabanne's personal archives stake claim on our history, from the 1960s to present day.
Born in Panama, Rabanne began his career in New York City just as the influences of the counterculture were being felt in music, fashion, art and politics. In the early years, he captured the social scene. “The camera was my guitar," says Rabanne, candidly shooting musicians like The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Janis Joplin and Bob Marley. Rolling Stone magazine’s Anthony DeCurtis proclaimed: "[Rabanne] provides a smart, observant insider’s perspective on the lives of Rock icons.”
In the late 1970’s, Rabanne traveled for Conde Nast Publications photographing the original supermodels on runways in fashion capitals around the world. His work in fashion expanded to include designers Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, and Jean Paul Gaultier and many others.
Rabanne has toured worldwide retrospectives of his art, his photographs hang in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and his early Grateful Dead photos and graphic elements were an integral part of the band’s official documentary Long Strange Trip at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival .
Rabanne’s photographs are a narrative? they tell a story, capturing an action and emotion, while never interrupting the fluidity of life. Such is the raw energy and simple beauty of his work.
Inspired by new innovations in multimedia and print technology, Rabanne continues to explore new techniques, adding finishing touches of non-traditional embellishments to various works alongside his muse Claudia Berk.
Roberto Rabanne currently resides in New York City.
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