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Kern: A Retrospective

A career survey of the porn, fashion and portrait images shot by one of photography's most voyeuristic

by Mike Giles in Culture on 03 May 2010

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For the month of May, Toronto's Studio Gallery presents the work of world-renowned artist Richard Kern with his first solo exhibition in Canada and his first full-career retrospective, "Kern: A Retrospective Exhibition Featuring the Photography and Films of Richard Kern."

Kern, a photographer, occasional pornographer, former filmmaker and video director, is most importantly a portrait artist. The retrospective documents his works over the past two decades, from his early short films to photographs from the '90s, which illuminate the early stages of his voyeuristic style of photography.

Kern has published nine books to date and regularly contributes to a variety of international publications such as Purple, Vice, V Magazine and Italian GQ. His work has been featured in numerous books and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art and in more than 30 solo shows around the world.

The show runs through 30 May 2010. In addition to the print works, Studio Gallery will screen films by Kern 15 May and 22 May 2010. The $5 admission includes the full exhibition and curator introduction and runs 7pm - 10pm.

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