DAVID BECKHAM:
THE MAN

20 FEBRUARY - 10 MARCH, 2016
PHILLIPS GALLERIES, LONDON

CURATED BY KATHY ADLER

This unique international viewing features 50 original signed works, some previously unseen, by 27 internationally acclaimed photographers including: Annie Leibovitz, Inez & Vinoodh, Mert & Marcus, Mario Sorrenti, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Klein.  Work has been specially commissioned for David Beckham: The Man from Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Nadav Kander and Tessa Traeger.

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Damien Hirst
Nadav Kander
Annie Leibovitz
Mario Sorrenti
Steven Klein
Vincent Peters
Mert and Marcus
Anthony Mandler
Peter Lindbergh

“David Beckham is the quintessential modern man, his fame far exceeding that of a sportsman.  He is universally recognized, an icon of modern masculinity and a magnet for photographers. His appeal is ubiquitous: he is happy being a gay icon, a teenage idol, a spokesperson for sport, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. He has redefined counter-cultural concepts such as tattooing and brought them into the mainstream. On the body of a classical Adonis, lean, lightly muscled and perfect, he has written a dense and complex biography through the ongoing inking of names, texts (in several languages) and numerals relating to key events and to his all-important family. The photographs constitute a narrative of Beckham’s life and of the position he occupies in contemporary culture. He has constantly challenged notions of masculinity, from the famous sarong-wearing appearance to the many images of him as a devoted husband and father.”

Kathy Alder, Curator.