Bertrand Delacroix Gallery is pleased to host Maurice Renoma’s newest solo exhibition, MODOGRAPHE (“fashionographer”), this November. Renoma’s BDG debut will feature a series of playful, sensual and provocative grey-scale and color photographs.
Maurice Renoma is a renowned Parisian stylist, photographer, artist and decorator. Renoma’s artistic career began in the 1960’s when his innovative designs challenged and forever altered the conventions and styles of contemporary menswear. Fashion, which Renoma treats as an art form in its own right, was his first artistic passion; in the 1990’s, Renoma began experimenting with his other love – photography. He subsequently published his first collection of photographs entitled Maurice Renoma: Modographe. It is this initial union of fashion, photography, art and sensuality that this all-new exhibition pays homage to and shares its title with.
As Renoma’s photography career rapidly progressed, he became well known for his digitally altered photographs; his iconic works present the unpredictable, the provocative and the insane. He creates striking hybrid images of humans with bestial heads, androgynous gender composites and unexpected nudes. Photographs of sexualized female nudes with male or animal body parts elicit unpredictable reactions from viewers. In some works, Renoma manipulates images of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other classic icons in surprising and often humorous situations. In other more traditional photographs, he captures the beauty and immediacy of a single moment that only the artist and the camera have witnessed; he recognizes and conveys to his audience the importance of his subjects’ subtleties.
There is a thoughtful intelligence and playfulness to his works that distinguishes Renoma from other experimental photographers. Well received by the public and press alike, his work is not only aesthetically intriguing and clever but conceptually brilliant and impeccably executed. His photographs have been displayed at galleries internationally, including in Japan, Italy, France and South Korea.
Finally, we are please to announce our partnership with the wonderful Financier Patisserie for the exhibition. Financier will be showing Renoma photographs in their 10 Manhattan cafés, hosting a special preview for their customers at BDG on 11/13 and providing delicious Renoma inspired French treats at our 11/14 opening