Supermodels of the 70s and 80s, by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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The Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea is mounting an exhibition of new work by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders that challenges conventional (and, frankly, confining) perceptions of aging and beauty. “Supermodels of the 70s and 80s,” which opens January 28, comprises portraits of 10 of the most photographed women from that era: Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, Carol Alt, Dayle Haddon, Esme, Karen Bjornson, Kim Alexis, Lisa Taylor, and Nancy Donahue. Timothy made the 11 x 14-inch Ilfochrome prints while working on a project for Vanity Fair last year.

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Carol Alt. Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

 

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“I have always been interested in how we deal with aging in our hopelessly ‘youth oriented’ society,” Timothy says in the exhibition’s press release. “These women, now in their fifties, were once the reigning queens of American beauty. As ultimate icons of world-wide marketing, I knew their stories would be extraordinary and I wanted to hear what they had to say. For the portraits, I used my 8×10 Deardorff and also filmed a documentary of interviews and mise-en-scene.”

There will be a reception for “Supermodels of the 70s and 80s” from 6 to 8 p.m. on January 28, and the show will be up through February 27. Steven Kasher Gallery is located 521 W. 23rd St., just west of 10th Avenue. Hope to see you at the opening.

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