JEAN-FRANÇOIS RAUZIERFrench b. 1952
“I created this image of a Casino, where you will read the courses of the stock market on machines to sub, the logos ‘jackpot’ leaving the place to the names of the companies to the largest stock market capitalizations. My Casino is frequented by a few major players, including Madoff, Messier, Kreuger, Stanford, Ebbers, Lay, Ponzi, Nami, and Stavisky.”
I imagine these beautiful statues, resuscitated by the restoration, being reborn and placed as guardians on the stairs of the grand vestibule of the Chateau. “
In these 2 Veduta (Lower East Side and Upper West Side), I wanted to show the great architectural richness of Manhattan. In Lower East Side Veduta the buildings are colorful and lively, with Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho. While in Upper West Veduta I have brought to the forefront the view from the Hudson of the splendid buildings and trees which surround Riverside Drive, and which give a dramatic effect of the island’s majestic views and quietness.”
Manhattan Farms is one of 7 images of the polyptych that I created. In it, I imagined what Manhattan will become, a city of immense glass towers that are transparent and filled with animal and fish life, verdant, with roofs filled with gardens and farms.
As a French man, I already knew New York City before I arrived last year to work on my New York series, both personally as well as from movies and other references. That is why, on the High Line, I included some of the heroes of the series we all know and placed them amongst a vision of what NYC might look in the future."
Actors and filmmakers included in ‘Made in New York’:
Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Mel Brooks, Sylvester Stallone, Joe Peschi, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Sydney Pollack, Spike Lee, Herbert Ross, Martin Scorsese, Larry David, Groucho Marx, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham, Judy Holliday , Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Stanley Kubrick, Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, The Cohen Brothers, Elliott Gould, Stanley Kramer, Jerome Robbins, James Gandolfini.
Through repetition of the building Rauzier captures the overwhelming scale of Merchandise Mart. The structure both recedes into an unending skyline and is reflected in the Chicago River.
The artists has included many writers associated with New York, including J.D. Salinger, Truman Capote, Stephen King, Ayn Rand, Sylvia Plath and Tom Wolf.
The resulting work is an epic, infinite gallery that captures the feeling of overwhelming scale and the unparalleled volume and quality of the artworks contained within the walls of the Met.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS RAUZIERFrench b. 1952
Jean-Francois Rauzier is an internationally acclaimed photographer, who has had museum shows in Paris, Moscow, Los Angeles and Washington DC. Waterhouse & Dodd is his exclusive agent in the USA, UK and Middle East and has shown his work in exhibitions and fairs in New York, Palm Beach, Miami, Los Angeles, Abu Dhabi, Maastricht and London, selling over 200 of his ‘Hyperphotos'.
In 2002, when Jean-François Rauzier created his first ‘Hyperphotos', he was already an established photographer and had been searching for a new creative method that would differ considerably from the traditional model. With his ‘Hyperphotos' he strove to capture “the panorama and the macro view all at once, to stop time and to have the possibility of viewing all the details of a static image”. Rauzier's work transforms reality; it fascinates us with its scale, and takes the viewer on a journey through the visible world. Rauzier uses thousands of high-resolution close-ups views and stitches them into his large compositions, maintaining the focus and sharpness of the smallest detail.
Rauzier carefully composes each work from elements and images he has collected over many years, working in some ways more like a painter than a photographer, creating his own supernatural man-made world. Using digital technology, he cuts, moves and constructs buildings, gardens, animals, and many other objects, carefully collected during long photographic sessions to inspire a new fantastic landscape, a capricious picture or a baroque masterpiece. He strives to transform the world according to his dreams, wishes and anxieties, and to recreate the magic and secrecy of ancient legends and stories using 21st century media.
Of course, none of his mastery of technology would be worthy unless it was combined with a true artistic vision. Rauzier also possesses a deep knowledge of literature, art history and history, and utilizes all these with his unique wit and humor.
Size variations may be possible if further works are available in the edition.
All titles are produced in just one edition of 8, regardless of size. Furthermore, each individual edition number has a unique detail added by the artist. Please contact the gallery about the availability of each edition.
All works in the exhibition are C-Type prints, Diasec mounted on aluminum, the best possible conservation practice currently available. The first 6 of any edition to sell are priced at the standard rate, with the 7th and 8th to sell being subject to a 10% and 15% surcharge respectively.