Keith Edmier and Farah Fawcett

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As a teenager, contemporary artist Keith Edmier remembers reading in Tigerbeat magazine that his favorite TV star, Farrah Fawcett, was an artist. Twenty years later, he asked her to collaborate on a project-she accepted. After nine months in a studio together, the two produced this body of sculpture and photography.

With an eye to historical tradition, this collaboration brings to mind other potent artist/muse collaborations such as Rodin and Claudel, or Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, ...

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Overview

As a teenager, contemporary artist Keith Edmier remembers reading in Tigerbeat magazine that his favorite TV star, Farrah Fawcett, was an artist. Twenty years later, he asked her to collaborate on a project-she accepted. After nine months in a studio together, the two produced this body of sculpture and photography.

With an eye to historical tradition, this collaboration brings to mind other potent artist/muse collaborations such as Rodin and Claudel, or Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, and explores that curious reversal when the artist's subject becomes the artist herself.

An exhibition of the works will debut at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in November 2002 and travel around the country.

Author Biography: Farrah Fawcett is known the world over as a film and TV actress. An art student at the University of Texas Austin in the seventies, her career in art was cut short when she launched her acting career.

Keith Edmier has a distinguished list of exhibition credits, including this year's prestigious Whitney Biennial. He is currently working on a sculpture project that will be installed at the entrance to Central Park.

The new author is Lynn Zelevansky curator of contemoprary art from LACMA. She is a well-known and highly-regarded curator. Before her post at LACMA, she was a curator at MOMA.

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As many teen and tween boys discovered in a famed mid-'70s issue of Dynamite magazine, Farrah Fawcett (then Farrah Fawcett Majors), in addition to being the Charlie's Angels starring actress, is an artist. Edmier was one of those boys, and as he developed into an artist himself, he has incorporated the odd eros of pop celebrity into his work-including a specific investigation of the iconic 1977 poster of Farrah in a red bathing suit. This book chronicles the two artists' collaboration, at Edmier's instigation, over two years beginning in 2000, resulting in several works documented here-most spectacularly two life-size sculptures of Edmier and Fawcett as Pygmalion and his statue. An essay by Zelevansky, curator and department head of modern and contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, explains the Pygmalion myth and gives an overview of Edmier and Fawcett's careers, as well as detailing the development of the project, for which both artists modeled. Edmier is shown in sinewy, full-frontal nude, while Fawcett reclines alluringly, but not quite revealingly. There is a particularly fetching shot of Farrah relaxing in a Korn tank top, and a photo of a nude female torso that may or may not be the actress. Readers will feel dared to try to label the undertaking lurid, and despite the essay's attempts to give it weight, the whole finally comes off as little more than an Edmier fetish. (Nov.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847824403
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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