from April 09 to May 11, 2019
Jean-Baptiste Huynh - Woman
Galerie Lelong & Co
13 rue de Téhéran
WOMAN showcases the beauty of the female face. Portraits have been at the heart of the work of Jean- Baptiste Huynh for 25 years. WOMAN continues the study he has been performing on faces throughout the ages and the world’s main ethnic and cultural groups since 1996 (China, South Korea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mali, Uzbekistan, Peru, Vietnam...)
From 18 February to 11 May 2019, Galerie Lelong & Co. invites Jean-Baptiste Huynh to present WOMAN – Portrait de la beauté, a series of mostly hitherto unseen photographs, in its showroom on Avenue Matignon.
“As a visual artist and photographer, it is naturally by looking, by interpreting reality through the use of light that I explore the question of beauty. This has nourished my work since its foundations some thirty years ago, and today is the focus of the photographic study I am carrying out on the beauty of the female face in its universality, its authenticity and its timelessness around the world. How can we enhance what is beautiful? How can we enhance what isn’t beautiful? Why? Do beauty and ugliness actually exist? In parallel, I am carrying out a series of interviews with personalities from various horizons – an actress, a neuroscientist, a poet, a musician, a great fashion designer, an architect, a gallery owner, a major collector, a model – where I ask them: What is beauty? What is beauty represented by the artist?” Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Winner of the Villa Médicis Hors Les Murs Prize, the work of Jean-Baptiste Huynh has been exhibited in a variety of galleries and museums around the world. In 2002, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris presented the exhibition Yeux, accompanied by a catalogue bringing together portraits by the greatest international photographers and painters. The Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris organised a retrospective in 2006 of his travel portraits, Le Regard à l’oeuvre. In 2012, the Musée du Louvre invited him to present a personal exhibition, Rémanence, bringing together images inspired by the museum’s collections. In 2019, the Musée National des Art Asiatiques Guimet gave Jean-Baptiste Huynh carte blanche to conceive an exhibition and the work that accompanied it, according to his inspiration: INFINIS D’ASIE.