Exhibition: Henry Leutwyler
Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson
Foley Gallery, New York
Through April 2, 2011
Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson, on view at Foley Gallery in New York, is an exhibition of color photographs by HENRY LEUTWYLER featuring the personal belongings of the late Michael Jackson.
As a portrait photographer, Leutwyler has always been interested in investigating the stories told by the artifacts that make up people’s lives. In 2009, Neverland Ranch was packed and crated in preparation for a public auction of Michael Jackson’s possessions. Leutwyler was sent to California to photograph the iconic studded white glove and spent three days sifting through more than a thousand items. In the end it took a second trip back to the warehouse in April 2009 to complete the entire story.
The photographs, many of which are staged on a simple black background, range from bejeweled costumes to a storage box lid filled with small Wizard of Oz figurines. It’s the simplicity of his artifacts that capture the life of the King of Pop the public never saw. As Leutwyler puts it: "It is said that the Pharaohs built tombs to reveal their lives to future generations. Michael Jackson sacrificed his childhood to the calling of his musical gift. Neverland was the pyramid he constructed to a lost childhood."
Swiss born, HENRY LEUTWYLER is an internationally acclaimed and award winning photographer. A creative force in Paris for a decade, he moved to New York City in 1996, where he lives with his wife and two children. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Esquire.
A PORTRAIT OF MICHAEL JACKSON
Published by Steidl, 2010
Hardcover, 8 x 11 inches, 96 pages
548 W 28th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001
2011 Season at Foley Gallery
Brian Ormond, IIIII, January 11 - February 19, 2011
Henry Leutwyler, Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson, Feb 24 - April 2, 2011
Hikari Shimoda, April 7 - May 7, 2011
Edward Mapplethorpe, May 12 - June 18, 2011