Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Art Planner: New photography shows of Horst and Jerry Uelsmann


Horst P. Horst (1906-99) was a giant of 20th century photography, best known for his high-fashion photos and portraits of famous people and their homes. "Horst: Photography — Fashion and Surrealism" at the Dalí Museum is an expansive look at his 60-year career that was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Horst moved from Germany to Paris in his early 20s and quickly befriended members of the artistic community, including a Vogue photographer, and his talent in the medium was quickly acknowledged. He had his first gallery show in 1932, was an instant hit and his career was launched.

You might not have heard of him but the image you see here will probably be familiar. His photograph of a designer corset taken in 1939 became iconic and has been referenced by designers, other photographers and celebrities, perhaps most memorably by Madonna in her video for the song Vogue.

The show, which opens Saturday and continues through Sept. 6, consists of 180 works including vintage photographs, sketches, film, letters and large-scale color prints made for the exhibition.

The museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with extended hours to 8 p.m. Thursday. $24; $22 seniors, military, police, firefighters and educators with ID; $17 students 18 and older with ID and youths 13 to 17; $10 kids 6 to 12. Free to kids 5 and younger. (727) 823-3767.


"Undiscovered Self" at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts features broad range of the work of Jerry Uelsmann, right, spanning 50 years. He long ago mastered the art of the photomontage, layering negatives to create images with a mysterious, dreamlike quality. Sometimes the layering is purposefully obvious and sometimes it's seamless.

The show opens Friday at the museum, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, and continues through Dec. 16. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. $10. (813) 221-2222.


The Dunedin Fine Art Center offers great variety in a quartet of summer shows. Todd Still, its youth director who works mostly behind the scenes, is the subject of "#EPIC" which brings together his own drawings inspired by his collection of comics, curios, film memorabilia and historical replicas. "Drawn to Greatness" features art by clients of Florida Pyramid serving adults with developmental disabilities. "HEADS Up" is also a group show of portrait painting. All continue through Aug. 21. Opening Friday and continuing through Sept. 25, Dana Gluckman's photographs in "Dignity: Tribes in Transition" document indigenous peoples whose cultures are in danger of being lost.

The center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Free. A free reception is July 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. (727) 298-3322.


In this occasional feature, we highlight small galleries that don't often get much attention. If you are part of one, please send me your story and (very important) at least one high-resolution image that is on view. Thursday: the Creative Artist Gallery. It's a new venture by Vanessa Martin, left, herself an artist who exhibits other artists who don't yet have a gallery resume, but can begin one in her space. 933 E Brandon Blvd., Brandon. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (863) 514-0223.

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