Feb 07, 2007

Bursting with carnal sensuality, eclectic multicultural references, and an undercurrent of humor, the photographs of French artist Jean-Paul Goude reflect a feverish imagination and an easy appreciation of the female form. Goude, whose career spans the fields of fashion photography, cinema, and graphic design, used a rudimentary X-Acto knife to create elaborate set pieces that foresaw surrealist digital shutterbugs like David LaChapelle. Goude's iconic pictures from the '70s and '80s variously transform singer and former wife Grace Jones into an ebony sculpture, naked androgynous twins, and the glistening performer of an unbelievable arabesque. So Far, So Goude, his international gallery debut, aptly showcases Goude's unique vision and avant-garde artistry.