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GIMME SHELTER

GIMME SHELTER

‘Gimme Shelter’ presents a curated selection of works by our diverse international roster of artists, each of whom offers a compelling reflection on the concept of shelter and the enduring human need to psychologically delineate boundaries between spaces.

Working with a broad range of media including film, photography, immersive installation, and painting, the artists share an interest in exploring the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and our desires.

Featured artists include David LaChapelle, whose subjects become characters in a meticulously orchestrated landscape, often embracing a profound social message; photographer and artist Coco Capitán, whose artistic practice examines the relationship between reality and perception, beauty and subversion; Robert Polidori, who is considered one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers of human habitats and environments; Freeman and Lowe, who collaboratively draw on a series of historical and fictional narratives to create large-scale, mazelike architectural installations; François Halard, one of the most prolific and well-known interior and architectural photographers of our time; and contemporary visual artists McDermott & McGough, who challenge the chronological boundaries of art history and cultural identity.

Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

- ‘Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones
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TAKE ME TO CHURCH

DAVID LACHAPELLE

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Take Me to Church

“He’s telling a story, and I’m hanging on every non-word. I feel lifted when he flies into the air; I feel a thrilling little almost-whirl when he whirls. I’m right there with him on his own journey of vulnerability and transformation.”

- The Washington Post
Take Me to Church
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FAMILY PORTRAIT

COCO CAPITÁN

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Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait magazine

“The world we live in isn’t in the best state and there is currently a lot of negative energy that comes with that. We want to celebrate the positive by embracing our loved ones and just take things back to the core route of connection.”

-SJ Todd, Editor-in-chief, Family Portrait magazine
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Family Portrait Magazine
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Family Portrait Magazine
Family Portrait Magazine
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PARCOURS MUSÉOLOGIQUE
REVISITÉ: VERSAILLES

ROBERT POLIDORI

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Selected work from Versailles
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Selected work from Versailles
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Selected work from Versailles
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Selected work from Versailles

''Besides the obvious sheltering from the extremes of the elements, people make rooms to live in as if they are animated by an unconscious desire to return to a prenatal life, or even before that, to a soul life. This is what they exteriorise in rooms, their internal soul life, or less magically put, their personal values, if you will.''

- Robert Polidori
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Selected work from Versailles
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Selected work from Versailles
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COLONY SOUND

FREEMAN & LOWE

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Selected work from Colony Sound
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Selected work from Colony Sound
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Selected work from Colony Sound
Selected work from Colony Sound

“Each room gives the art within it a life and depth that is so unlike the stripping effects one receives within the white cube. The art melds into its surrounding space as if it sprung out from it, rather than becoming entrapped within it.”

- Flaunt
Selected work from Colony Sound
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THE SPIRIT OF PLACE

FRANÇOIS HALARD

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This is the House That Jack Built. - Maja Hoffmann
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This is the House That Jack Built. - Maja Hoffmann

“Faced with the bestial hostility of the storm and the hurricane, the house’s virtues of protection and resistance are transposed into human virtues. The house acquires the physical and moral energy of a human body. It braces itself to receive the downpour, it girds its loins. When forced to do so, it bends with the blast, confident that it will right itself again in time, while continuing to deny any temporary defeats.”

- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
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“His work has a painterly effect. It’s as if he captures the emotion, the vibrations, inherent in the space, but also, and one might argue equally, his own appreciation of it, his own feelings.”

- Michael Misczynski, Atelier AM
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'François Halard'
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SUSPICIOUS OF ROOMS WITHOUT MUSIC OR ATMOSPHERE

McDermott & McGough

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A half forgotten dream, 1967
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Looking over my yesterdays, 1967
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Unwillingly mine, 1967
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Deep in my heart, I lied, 1967
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You took my love, 1967
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Answer my prayer, 1967
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A love I could not obey, 1967
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All I have is gone, 1967

“In a room without music or atmosphere, we are left in solitude; without distraction we face ourselves.”

- Cheim & Read
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My echo, my shadow, 1967
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I need you, 1967