Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge | ART HISTORY

7 April 2018 till 22 May 2018

The globally renowned photographer and artist, Miles Aldridge, is celebrated for his chromatically daring, highly finished works, which recall the glamour of cinema, the charge of the femme fatale set in the trappings of modern life. One of the world’s most inspiring image-makers, Aldridge combines a meticulous approach and a rare flair for drama and narrative.

Reflex Gallery is excited to present a collection of his recent work in a show entitled ART HISTORY – a chance to see Aldridge’s response to the artists who have inspired him and shaped his visual idiom.

Aldridge, born in London in 1964, studied at Central St Martins School of Art and spent days wandering around the National Gallery, sketching. It was there that he fell for the work of the Northern Renaissance artists Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Durer.

“Lucretia”, after Lucas Cranach, is a chromogenic print showing a model posed as the classic figure of Lucretia, swathed in velvet, poised to pierce her chest with a dagger. It is a penetrating image with striking emotive impact.  While referencing a historical figure, Aldridge has said that Lucretia is essentially “still the same strong woman” as those immortalised in his iconic images of housewives and Madonnas: “These are all women who hold all the cards. She is always the hero of her own biography.”

A chromogenic print of Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams references both Dürer and Holbein in its pose and palate, while Still Life #1 in which a skull is poised on a tablecloth set against a richly hued backdrop is both a memento mori in the art historical tradition and a look forward to the expressionism of Otto Dix and the German Expressionists with a nod to Warhol.

As part of ART HISTORY, Reflex will also exhibit works from Aldridge’s extraordinary recent collaborations – with the artists Gilbert & George, Maurizio Cattelan and Harland Miller.

His Gilbert & George series, featuring the two artists in and around their East London home, represents Aldridge’s first foray into the process of photogravure. It is, he insists, a resolutely anti-digital process, and one that feels fitting for the work of Gilbert & George themselves. “It is a conscious departure back to

analogue,” Aldridge explains. “It got me surprised and excited about image-making all over again.”

In his work with Maurizio Cattelan, the artist invited Aldridge to respond to his retrospective exhibition in Paris by allowing him to shoot his own responses to Cattelan’s work after the museum closed at night. The phenomenal images to emerge from Aldridge’s night at the museum must be witnessed at first hand.

Aldridge’s collaboration with Harland Miller shows the way in which his work can swing from high to low, while still exhibiting the same high production values and obsessive attention to detail. In a series of screenprints, Aldridge took Miller’s famed Penguin Classics paintings and turned them into glossy, pulpy images of women in various states of undress, reading the paperbacks. “I wanted these images to have an association with cheaply manufactured imagery – pin-ups, Sunday supplements,” he says. “I remember the Sunday supplements in my parents’ house. The printing was coarse and the colours amped up.”

Also included in the show are some of Aldridge’s preparatory drawings as well as Polaroids – an opportunity to see the creative inspiration and planning behind the finished product.

“All the work hangs together through an overriding love and fascination of art.”

Aldridge has exhibited all over the world, from a solo show at Somerset House in London to galleries in New York, Zurich, Paris and beyond. His work is part of the permanent collection at The British Museum, London’s National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the International Center for Photography, New York.

Note for press and collectors: for more information or to schedule a preview or interview with the artist please contact: info@reflexamsterdam.com, tel. +31 20 6272832, mob. +31 (0) 629 568989 or herve@monsieurpr.com, +31(0) 628133036

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Past shows (selection)

Unseen

Sep 21st - Sep 23rd 2018

In Times Of Plenty | The Shape Of Things Today

Jul 7th - Sep 4th 2018

Ichwan Noor | Ichwan Noor | Beetle Sphere

May 26th - Jun 30th 2018

Keith Coventry | Keith Coventry | Junk & Pure Junk

Feb 24th - Apr 4th 2018

New Beginnings

Jan 3rd - Feb 17th 2018

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen – Ballenesque – a Retrospective

Nov 23rd - Dec 30th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

Sep 22nd - Sep 24th 2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

Sep 16th - Nov 11th 2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

May 6th - Aug 15th 2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

Feb 25th - Apr 26th 2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

Sep 23rd - Sep 25th 2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

Nov 25th - Jan 7th 2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

Sep 16th - Nov 15th 2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

May 18th - May 22nd 2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

Mar 19th - May 10th 2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

Sep 18th - Sep 20th 2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

Nov 28th - Feb 20th 2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

Sep 12th - Nov 21st 2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

Jun 6th - Aug 15th 2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

Dec 20th - Feb 28th 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

Oct 4th - Dec 6th 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

Sep 18th - Sep 21st 2014

Beauty of Darkness II

Jun 21st - Aug 4th 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

Mar 8th - May 10th 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

Dec 6th - Jan 25th 2014

Artissima 2013

Nov 8th - Nov 10th 2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

Sep 20th - Nov 24th 2013

Unseen 2013

Sep 26th - Sep 29th 2013

Something Like Summer

Jul 17th - Sep 13th 2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

May 25th - Jul 16th 2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

Mar 23rd - May 11th 2013

Arco 2013

Feb 13th - Feb 17th 2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

Sep 29th - Dec 31st 2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

Dec 6th - Dec 9th 2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

May 19th - Jul 28th 2012

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

Apr 7th - May 16th 2012

Arco Madrid 2012

Feb 15th - Feb 19th 2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

Nov 12th - Dec 10th 2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

Jul 9th - Sep 13th 2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

May 31st - Jun 16th 2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

Jun 1st - Jul 16th 2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

Nov 27th - Feb 15th 2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

Apr 10th - Jun 7th 2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

Sep 18th - Nov 9th 2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

Mar 14th - Jun 7th 2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

Jan 15th - Mar 13th 2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

Sep 26th - Nov 28th 2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

Jun 6th - Jul 31st 2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

Feb 28th - Apr 4th 2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

May 3rd - Jul 5th 2008