The Betsy-South Beach Career Retrospective by Photographer Robert Zuckerman The Betsy Opening 8/14/11

The Betsy-South Beach Career Retrospective by Photographer Robert Zuckerman
The Betsy Opening Reception
August 14, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
www.thebetsyhotel.com

Miami hotel debuts major exhibition as part of ongoing commitment to arts, culture, and philanthropy

A commitment to arts and culture continues at The Betsy-South Beach, as the hotel debuts its next exhibition featuring a career retrospective of photographs by Robert Zuckerman. Zuckerman is highly recognized for his work in the motion picture industry, with his emotionally rich work depicting actors both on and off the set. Highlights in his ‘Portraits’ collection include faces of well-known actors such as Javier Bardem and Morgan Freeman, and also feature images of iconic poets Alan Ginsberg and Maya Angelou, among many others. Two other collections, Kindsight and Time Machine will also be displayed.

The exhibition opens on August 14, with a reception held from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Zuckerman will be in attendance at the opening, which will be hosted by Rachael Taylor and Ramon Rodriguez, stars of the new Charlie’s Angels television series, currently in production in Miami.

The drama of cinematic settings is tightly framed as Zuckerman focuses on the personal expression of actors and subjects in their element. Zuckerman’s inspiration is to convey emotion. Al Pacino in a driver’s seat of a convertible with cigar taken in Miami in 1999, reveals a recognized persona, and an unmistakable silhouette with little detail. Some reveal a more enigmatic side such as Morgan Freeman shown in deep thought. Other celebrities photographed and on exhibit include Rosanna Arquette in New York City, 1990, and Gena Rowlands on scene in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1995.

Also on display at The Betsy is a selection from Robert Zuckerman’s series Time Machine. Zuckerman revisits photos from the past, taking a personal and nostalgic journey, as they conjure up memories of a certain place and time. Scanned and reprinted after being vaulted for decades, Zuckerman invites viewers to join him as he reconnects with an earlier time in his life. From black and white billboards photographed in 1977 to capturing typography on signs evident of a specific moment in time, the artist exploits isolated objects and their photos of the past as relics; with neon sign and trucker’s lunch as icon, he redefines the term ‘object d’arte’. The ‘Kindsight’ collection, here showing 25 of some 500 pieces done over the past decade, invites viewers to find beauty in every day faces and to find wisdom in poetic recollections of a first meeting. Kindsight, the coffee-table book, is available for purchase at the exhibition.

Betsy Exhibitions are made available as a component of the Hotel’s Philanthropy, Arts, and Culture Program, with viewings free and open to the public. All works are for sale, and a portion of proceeds of Zuckerman’s work will be donated to Zara’s Center, an organization dedicated to providing support for AIDS impacted children in Zimbabwe and The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc supporting Miami-Dade County schools.

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