Inside the Renowned German Photographer's Showcase at Paris Photo 2012
Vintage furnishings and personal artifacts give an emotional charge to the poetically still domesticity in Thomas Ruff's Interieurs, a series shot from 1979 onwards in the dwellings of friends and family in his native Black Forest in Germany. These private scenes will feature in David Zwirner’s contribution to Paris Photo 2012, marking the leading New York gallery’s first appearance at the premium annual fair. Known for a perfectly composed documentary style that has come to dominate museums and sale-rooms alike, Ruff has turned his lens to subjects as diverse as internet pornography for Nudes and the night sky for Sterne, earning major shows at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Tate Liverpool. At Paris Photo, the year's primary event for enthusiasts on both sides on the camera, he will participate in a panel alongside mentor and legend Hilla Becher and MoMA curator Roxana Marcoci to discuss the continued influence of the famed Düsseldorf School of Photography, of which Ruff is an eminent graduate. “He is neutral in his approach,” says Justine Durrett, Director of Sales at David Zwirner, of Ruff's coveted oeuvre. “But at the same time you’re forced into people’s intimacy, and there’s an awkwardness and a discomfort that arises from that.” With Interieurs, the resulting images capture the palette and spirit of a peculiar moment in German culture, yet remain eerily resonant today.
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The Eccentric Restaurateur Reveals His Search for Perfection
Famed for his signature keyhole spectacles, schoolboy haircut and staccato manner, food world legend Mr. Chow invites filmmaker Alison Chernick into his kitchen. Ever since being introduced to a swinging 60s London, Mr. Chow’s iconic restaurants in New York and Beverly Hills have remained A-list hotspots, and his empire extends to Miami, Las Vegas and London. For decades he has served high-end Chinese cuisine via Italian waiters, accompanied by French wine and without a chopstick in sight to an endless list of stars—from Marlene Dietrich and Frank Sinatra, through Mick Jagger and Jackie O, to George Clooney and Gwyneth Paltrow. Celebrity guests dine surrounded by the proprietor’s collection of world-class contemporary art, including Warhols, Basquiats, Hockneys and Mapplethorpes. Son to one of China’s biggest stars, Zhou Xinfang, an actor in the Peking Opera, Mr. Chow’s sartorial and artistic precision struggle to contain the powerhouse of charisma and bravado that has placed him center stage among the world’s elite. “I found myself in boot camp, then realized this is a day in the life of Camp Chow,” says Chernick. “Obsessive perfectionism and underlying charm feed the phenomenon of Mr. Chow.” To recreate the star-dusted experience chez Chow, we offer a recipe right off the menu.
Mr. Chow's Beijing Chicken
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