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Jul 22, 2019 5:23 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Exhibition Brings Work of Christophe von Hohenberg and Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas To Southampton Gallery

Jul 22, 2019 5:23 PM

“Blinded By The Light,” an exhibition featuring work by Christophe von Hohenberg and Elizabeth Strong Cuevas, opens with a reception on Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at MM Fine Art in Southampton.

Mr. von Hohenberg, an acclaimed photographer, is recognized for his fashion, portrait, lifestyle and documentary photography. Discovered by American Vogue in 1979, he has since worked with Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French and German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, Fortune, Art Forum and The New York Times Magazine. His critically acclaimed book “Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died” was awarded the AIG Book and Photobook District News Award in 2007.

Of his photographs, Mr. von Hohenberg says: “There is a spiritual connection when wind and water spray kisses salt and sand on your wet face. This is where I find sanctuary and peace of mind the way a surfer finds harmony with board and wave or walks along the wet shoreline following footprints while picking shells. Beaches are a tonic which cleanse the mind and soul, where one walks away feeling refreshed and whole, temporarily healing anxieties.

It was on one of those bright summer days on the beaches in the Hamptons looking for my friends and squinting my eyes. I could only see figures silhouetted on a white background of sand, water, and sky. These figures reminded me of Alberto Giacometti sculptures coming alive! I was ‘Blinded by the Light,’ which in the end fulfilled my frustration over the many years on how to capture the soul of the white beaches of the Hamptons.”

Mr. Von Hohenberg’s work has been included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in May 2018 he had a solo exhibition with CFHILL Gallery at the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. His photographs are in private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Mr. von Hohenberg lives in New York City and Mexico City.

Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas studied at the Art Students League of New York, learning wood and stone carving under the tutelage of John Hovannes in the mid-1960s. She later expanded her approach to creating works and began to work in plaster, this time with Toto Meylan. Besides bronze, some of her works have been cast in stainless steel and aluminum. Careful attention is paid to the surface of her sculptures; and, according to the medium, some are polished to a gleaming finish, some are brushed, and others are treated with a patina.

Sculptures by Ms. Strong-Cuevas have been exhibited in one-person shows in New York City and the East End. In addition, her works have been represented in group exhibitions in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe, including The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton.

“Blinded By The Light” runs through August 11 at MM Fine Art, 4 North Main Street, Southampton.

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