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Seizing Beauty~ Paulette Tavormina

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Wednesday, 15 December 2021 to Monday, 24 January 2022
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Wednesday, 29 December 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

This December Gilman Contemporary will exhibit “Seizing Beauty” featuring photographer Paulette Tavormina's carefully crafted tableaus informed and inspired by 17th century painting.   Often using a rich, dark backdrop and subtle lighting, Tavormina captures the depth and nuance of these paintings in her photographs. Drawing on her personal experience as well as an understanding of art history, the artist’s hand is present throughout the compositions.

Sourcing from farmer’s markets around New York City, Tavormina must shoot within the constraints of the seasons. Her images hold an understanding of time - the flowers, food, and creatures have a finite expiration. Originally taking inspiration from the work of 17th century masters of still life, such as Giovanna Garzoni Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte and Maria Sibylla Merian, Tavormina has created work that continues upon the tradition of the still-life as an artform. Each of her photographs is carefully crafted and is the result of careful consideration of light and placement. The directness of Paulette’s work exposes the connection between humans, nature, and the passing of time. 

 Tavormina was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2016. Her monograph book, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty was published by The Monacelli Press, 2016 and reviewed by The New York Times and Architectural Digest.

Tavormina’s photographs have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Palm Beach, Boston, and San Francisco among others. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan and Alimentarium, Musee de l’Alimentation, Vervey, Switzerland. Tavormina also works as a commercial photographer - she has photographed works of art for Sotheby’s, collaborated with The Fabulous Beekman Boys on their three heirloom cookbooks and photographed The Del Posto Cookbook with chef Mark Ladner, published by Hachette.

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Paulette Tavormina lives and works in New York City. Amidst the bustle that defines the city, she can often be found at one of the city’s many farmers markets searching for the perfectly imperfect flora that characterize her photographs. Her arrangements often recall the sumptuous detail of seventeenth century Old Master still life painters and serve as intensely personal interpretations of timeless, universal stories. With a painterly perspective reminiscent of Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte, Juan Sánchez Cotán and Giovanna Garzoni, Tavormina creates worldly still lives.

She was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2016. Her monograph book, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty was published by The Monacelli Press, 2016 and reviewed by The New York Times and Architectural Digest. Tavormina’s photographs are in museum, corporate and private collections and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Boston, Palm Desert and San Francisco. Tavormina also works as a commercial photographer - she has photographed works of art for Sotheby’s, collaborated with The Fabulous Beekman Boys on their three heirloom cookbooks and photographed The Del Posto Cookbook published by Hachette with chef, Mark Ladner. She has been commissioned by National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times among others. Previously, Tavormina was a prop and food stylist in Hollywood, her work seen on the silver screen in seven films such as Nixon, The Astronaut's Wife and The Perfect Storm.

Solo Museum Shows The Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2016 Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, 2016 Museum Collections Alimentarium, Musée de l’Alimentation, Vevey, Switzerland Art in Embassies, US Department of State, Washington D.C. Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida FL Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

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(208)726-7585
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661 Sun Valley Road

Ketchum, Idaho

 

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