Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art will host an exhibit of new color
work by New York photographer Aaron Cobbett in the gallery from
October 18 - November 24. This will be the artist's first show
with the gallery, and is timed to coincide with the US release
of a new monograph from French publishing house H&O Editions.
Entitled Cobbett, this 96-page volume, the artist's
second, portrays Cobbett's obsessive vision of male beauty,
something he has worked on for over 20 years. The show will
incorporate images from the book, as well as more recent work.
Cobbett is well known for his highly stylized, extravagant
portraits of celebrities, drag queens, go-go boys, and New York
personalities shot for magazines such as Interview, Swindle,
Vanity Fair, TETU, Vogue, Glamour, Index and Honcho.
This new volume epitomizes his unique take on the male pin-up:
putting the clothes back on the model, rather than taking them
off. The results are images even more alluring than nakedness,
which he proclaims "is for amateurs." As
writer Doug McClemont has stated in the books introduction:
"Cobbett's premeditated voyeurism coupled with the
model's generous poses make the viewers privy to something arguably
more intimate than nudity."
Aaron Cobbett went to NYU and began his career dressing windows
for Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. His first monograph,
Super Eros, was published in Germany by Bruno GmOnder
Verlag in 1999. Celebrities who have sat for him include Lance
Bass, Nellie Furtado, Helen Gurley Brown, John Waters, Linda
Blair, Elvira, Heather Graham, and Alan Cumming. He lives and
works in New York City.