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at Carré Doré Gallery Monte-Carlo

from 26th April to 25th May 2018 

in collaboration with the Zurich based Galerie Kate Vass


After the current exhibition in Zurich, the photographs of the renowned fashion photographer, Simon Procter, will be shown in Monaco during the highly frequented event season. The Exhibition, hosted by Galerie Carré Doré, is an artistic homage to the turbulent world of fashion and gives a deeper insight into the longtime collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. 

„We are delighted to expand our borders and present our current show of Simon Procter to an international art community in Monaco”, says Katerina Vasilieva, founder of the Zurich based Galerie Kate Vass. 

With GALERIE CARRÉ DORÉ Kate Vass found an ideal partner for the exhibition. The well-established innovative gallery has a strong focus on fashion art. Beside regular exhibitions of established fashion artists, the gallery also scouts young art- ists and produced fashion reports from cities all over the world. 

KATE VASS GALERIE is based in Zürich, Switzerland. The art gallery is mainly specialized in a wide range of photography (from classic vintage to fashion and ex- perimental) working closely with curators and leading art critics to present pictures and sculptures by international masters of the 20th century as well as currently emerging artists. The unique exhibition space is like an experimental element which aims to push forward the boundaries of exhibiting as well as moving away from the traditional and often austere white cube. It also allows to show any kind of works like paintings, drawings, installations and media art. In addition to the exhibition ac- tivities in its own space, the gallery implements art projects in cooperation with vari- ous art market players and will participate in many cultural and educational events and programs. The gallery has access to unique works from Jim Lee, Helmut New- ton, Guy Bourdin, Melvin Sokolsky, Cathleen Naundorf, René Groebli, Arthur El- gort, Erwin Blumenfeld, Jeanloup Sieff, Horst P. Horst and Bill Brandt. 

SIMON PROCTER is represented in Switzerland exclusively by Kate Vass Galerie. His classical training as an artist has always been evident in his work. He takes a painterly approach to photography and makes frequent references to art history. His works bring together the worlds of art and fashion and are as readily seen in fashion magazines as in museums and at art fairs. His powerful and dynamic visual language has led to close working relationships with some of the legends of the fashion world. 

The show, «Modeland and Mr. Lagerfeld», features photographs taken by Simon 

Procter from 2010 to 2017. These works were selected from Procter’s book Mod- eland and from his long and fertile collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. Many of these photographs have been previously exhibited in museums and are to be found in both private and public permanent collections, and some are exhibited here for the very first time. These works were selected to show the breadth of Procter’s practice as a photographer. 

The artist on his first experience working with Karl Lagerfeld: 

“It was some years ago now that Harper’s Bazaar magazine asked me to fly to New York and shoot Karl Lagerfeld. There was a lot of pressure and I had not been tak- ing photographs very long. The shoot was very complicated - four different exterior locations all over Manhattan. The day before the shoot the permits had still not been cleared and Mr. Lagerfeld’s team informed us that he would be working all night and coming directly to the shoot without sleeping. On the day of the shoot we all waited on the roof of a magnificent skyscraper; models, crew, art directors, make-up and hair teams, waiting for insurance documents and waiting for Mr. Lagerfeld himself. 

And then he arrived. 

He greeted every single person graciously and almost immediately a warm calm descended on the shoot. He reassured everyone and made the models giggle. We worked intensely but happily, running around all over New York, even shooting in the legendary Grand Central Station without any permission. Karl just strode through the main hall unannounced and before anyone realized what was happen- ing we had the shot, and we jumped in our cars and were gone. 

This was to be first of many shoots together and each time has been with the same rare combination of excitement and sheer joy.” 

«Modeland & Mr. Lagerfeld» by Simon Procter 26. April bis 25. Mai 2018 Kate Vass Galerie at Galerie Carré Doré 5, rue Princesse Caroline