NEW YORK, NY— The International Center of Photography (ICP) announces a major retrospective exhibition featuring the work of William Klein in the summer of 2022. The first U.S. exhibition dedicated to Klein’s work in more than a generation, Guillaume Klein: YES; Photographs, paintings, films, 1948–2013 will fill the entire museum space of ICP and span Klein’s career, from studio assistant to Fernand Léger in Paris in 1948 to photography in Brooklyn in 2013. Guillaume Klein: YES will be presented at ICP from June 3 to September 12, 2022 and will be curated by David Campany, ICP’s at-Large Curator.
Guillaume Klein: YES will showcase more than 200 works, including photographs, paintings, films, photobooks and other media from Klein’s six-decade career. A fully illustrated catalogue, written by David Campany and published by Thames & Hudson, will accompany the exhibition.
Guillaume Klein: YES; Photographs, paintings, films, 1948–2013
Street photographer. Fashion photographer. Painter. Graphic designer. Abstract artist. Writer. Director. Book creator. Few have transformed so many areas of art and culture as William Klein. From his wildly inventive photographic studies of New York, Rome, Moscow and Tokyo to bold and witty fashion photography; from abstract cameraless photography to portraits of iconic celebrities; from documentaries about Muhammad Ali, Little Richard and the Pan-African Festival of Algiers to fiction films about the beauty industry, imperialism and consumer culture, Klein has appropriated all forms and genres. Through it all flows his distinct graphic energy and deep affection for humanity’s struggles through the chaos of modern life.
Born in Manhattan in 1928, Klein visited the city’s art museums as a teenager and longed to travel to Europe. In 1948 he was in Paris where he studied at the Sorbonne, worked briefly under the artist Fernand Léger, and where he has lived ever since. For decades, he juggled between commercial missions around the world and personal projects in the fields of photography, film, painting and publishing. His performance was prodigious. There were few exhibitions until the late 1980s, when he began to look back on his accomplishments. Gaining the admiration of younger generations, he returned to the world of fashion and continued to make groundbreaking films and photo books.
Guillaume Klein: YES; Photographs, Paintings, Films, 1948-2013 was made possible, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Hall.
Additional support is generously provided by the ICP Exhibitions Committee, Louis Berrick, Andrew Cowan and the Howard Greenberg Gallery.