Mario Testino: In Your Face at Museum of Fine Arts Boston on artrepublic.com

Exhibition running from Oct 21 2012 until Feb 03 2013

The Museum of Fine Art, Boston, is presenting thirty years of compelling images taken by renowned photographer Mario Testino. Known for photographs that evince elegance, beauty, style, irreverence, and contradiction, this is Testino’s first exhibition in the United States. Complimenting the show will be a concurrent exhibition, ‘Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits’.

Mario Testino is one of the world’s most influential photographers. His work has been featured across the globe in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair. His infamous images have contributed to the success of many leading fashion and beauty houses in visually stunning advertising campaigns.

His first US show follows numerous exhibitions around the world. In 2002 The National Portrait Gallery in London opened a Mario Testino portraits exhibition, which is still their highest attended exhibit on record. Following London, the show travelled to Milan, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Mexico City and Lima. The photographer, who was born in Lima, Peru, was awarded his county’s highest honour in 2010, the Grand Cross Order of Merit. Last year marked his thirtieth year as a photographer and saw him receive the Gold Medal from the Queen Sofia Institute; an honour presented to individuals from Spain, the US, and Latin America, who have played a significant role in strengthening the relationship between the Spanish-speaking world and the United States.

For this major retrospective at MFA, Testino has chosen approximately 125 iconic photographs taken throughout his three decade career. Formal portraits are juxtaposed with private party snapshots, artistic nudes with high fashion shoots, black and white with colour, and interiors with exterior settings. The exhibition draws the visitor into Testino’s world, brimming with some of today’s most elusive and exclusive subjects.

Among the works displayed are exquisitely styled images of international superstars such as models Kate Moss, Stephanie Seymour, and Gisele Bündchen; actors Nicole Kidman and Gwynth Paltrow; musicians Mick Jagger, Madonna, and Lady Gaga; and athletes David Beckham and Tom Brady. These provocative visual creations capture the interplay of mass media, celebrity, and glamour, and offer a new understanding of Testino’s aesthetic contributions to fashion and photography.

OPENING HOURS: Mon-Tues: 10.00-16.45, Wed-Fri: 10.00-21.45, Sat-Sun: 10.00-16.45

Image Credits:

TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge  London, 2010, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition British Royal Portraits by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston *For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org.  

Mario Testino: In Your Face Poster Kate Moss, London, 2006, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. *For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Kate Moss London, 2006, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Gisele Bundchen New York, 2007, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Gwyneth Paltrow  Paris, 2005, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Jennifer Lopez New York, 2012, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Stam, Liya Kebede, Du Juan, Hye Park, Bette Franke, and Behati Prinsloo New York, 2006, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Madonna Miami, 1997, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Carmen Kass Los Angeles, 2009, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org. 

Tom Brady New York, 2012, © Mario Testino. From the exhibition In Your Face by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  For further information please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org.

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