Another visual feast for your hungry, beauty-famished eyes, this time in the form of the legendary Jean-Paul Goude, who brings his exhibition, “So Far So Goude” to Milan’s PAC museum this Spring.
Though it’s been in circulation for almost a decade now, 'So Far, So Goude' which is a retrospective exhibit of Jean Paul Goude’s more than forty year artistic career – never disappoint us. Milan’s PAC Museum through a sponsorship with Tod's, is the latest institution for this exhibition which features 240 artworks starting from the mid 1960s when Goude began painting, to his continued present day photographic and video work for countless magazines and advertising clients.
This exhibition is particularly pertaining to the women who inspires him, he says in an interview with WWD, “we looked back in time and we tried to determine the roots of my work, this clearly indicates my preferences.” The French photographer's unapologetically retouched oeuvre includes Naomi Campbell racing a cheetah; models dashing across a finish line in billowing couture and high heels; and 70s model Carolina Beaumont balancing a glass of champagne on her rear (he'd have Kim Kardashian do the same decades later).
But the most famous of these women who inspire Goude is his muse and former girlfriend, legendary singer Grace Jones. After meeting her in the 70s, he went on to create many of her album covers, including those for Nightclubbing (1981) and Slave to the Rhythm (1985). “In 1977 or ’78, I met Grace and it was a period of decadence,” Goude said in an interview with WWD in 2009. “People were still doing lots of drugs and I had been working so hard for so long and she made me part of her lifestyle, made me go out dancing at Studio 54. She became an obsession and we did everything together.” Another muse was French model and actress Farida Khelfa, who posed for Goude on multiple occasions, before giving up modelling to join Alaïa’s design studio. These photographs, like all of Goude’s, are bold and slightly irreverent – something to which this exhibition will attest.