July 21 - September 6, 2012
The exhibition is comprised of 40 large-scale photographs combining the Newton’s iconic, sexually charged images with some of his less well known but equally startling landscapes. “Sex and Landscapes” was one of the last bodies of work assembled and published in Newton’s lifetime and practice.
Reality is a hard thing to come by in Los Angeles. A city of the lesser angels, it is by definition a place of illusion and pretense. In “Sex and Landscapes”, a shadow of an airplane cast upon the earth becomes as much a body in physical space as two naked women intertwined in the backyard of a Bel Air mansion. Helmut Newton brought his personal lens to this city, which is in itself largely landscape, and found his own unique interpretation by combining that which is raw, natural, and primal in the naked body, with the beauty, tamed and untamed, of the LA landscape.
It is fitting that his last theme would finally come home to LA.