17th Jan-15th Feb 2014 Imitate Modern 27a Devonshire Street, London, W1G 6PN imitatemodern.com
“There are many celebrities nowadays, but few become legends”.
Beautiful Crime and Imitate Modern present a retrospective of Kate Moss by artist Russell Marshall, to coincide with her 40th birthday. Featuring ten photographs spanning her career, we are reminded of Kate Moss newly emerging into the fashion industry to her present day career heights. Marshall has taken these photographs and created ten canvases, in ten different colour combinations, to give a stunning visual tour through Kate Moss’s career as a model. Each image is available in the ten colour combinations, producing 100 unique screen-printed images, original, stamped and signed by the artist.
This show aims to combine art with Marshall’s journalistic perspective in also using quotations to give insight into the pieces and the enigmatic icon. The title of the piece; “Never Complain, Never Explain” alludes to an interview in which Kate discusses what she learnt from Johnny Depp; “I was lucky to be with Johnny at that stage. He taught me a lot about fame. He told me ‘never complain, never explain’”. A selection of these Kate Moss quotations will also appear on our walls to punctuate the artwork.
Marshall’s work has focused on subjects who are ‘legendary’, as opposed to ‘famous’; “celebrity can be so short-lived these days, but not so with Kate. While other celebrities have come and gone, Kate has stayed. Kate’s not just a survivor and she’s not hanging onto fame. She grows bigger, brighter and more iconic each year”. So it is with much anticipation that this collection is launched on 17th January, her 40th birthday and the eve of her 3rd decade at the top.