ART REVIEW // Mario Testino : In Your Face

Art consultant and self-proclaimed color connoisseur Ameila, of the new art and design blog Colour Bloc, is here today with her thoughts from the “Mario Testino : In Your Face” exhibit in Boston… I might just have to go to Boston before this exhibit is over!

Mario Testino, Kate Moss, London (detail), 2006 // Testino captures an intimate moment in a casual way by having the camera flash included in the shot.

I recently checked out the new “Mario Testino : In Your Face” exhibit (his first US museum show) at the MFA in Boston. Upon arrival, I was really excited to witness his skill through his timeless photographs, but had mix reviews when exiting the Gund Gallery. It was an interesting, yet bizarre exhibition to say the least. I felt like I was walking through an over-the-top version of US Weekly with a hint of Maxim Magazine thrown in. It seemed heavily focused on the status of the various celebrities (Tom Brady, Gisele, Naomi Campbell to name a few) and less on the Art of Fashion Photography. I was surprised to find this type of dynamic at the MFA, but maybe they were interested in creating a more provocative exhibit.

Reese Witherspoon by Mario TestinoMario Testino, Reese Witherspoon, American Vogue, 2004

What I did enjoy was the couture apparel that adorned the superstars. The red number on Daria Werbowy from American Vogue (2004) was simply breathtaking (who doesn’t love a healthy dose of feathers), especially surrounded by the sculptural bright flowers. I also loved the glow Testino created on Reese’s red ball gown in the gorgeous shot from American Vogue (2008).

Gwyneth Paltrow by Mario TestinoMario Testino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paris, 2005

Another favorite moment was the presence of the black & white behind-the-scene party shots, these were quite entertaining and glamourous. It was cool to see candid images of fashion icons I admire, Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney in particular.

If you’re planning to be in the Boston area before the end of the first week in February, you should visit the MFA and browse through the show. The high fashion and never before seen images make the trip worth it!

— Amelia
Images by Mario Testino