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IntroductionThere are many multi-talented individuals in the art world: authors who take incredible photographs, actors who are extraordinary directors. There are doctors and architects who become acclaimed writers, and poets who create cinematographic masterpieces. But it is rarely heard that a model has notably excelled in artistry.
Sylvie Blum (*1967 in Taxenbach Austria) is the exception. She learned her photographic technique from her husband, the erotic photographer Günter Blum. From his death onwards, she went about changing her perspective by standing behind the camera. Her first published attempt was an ambitious series of self-portraits featuring the narcissistic title “Venus selbst (Venus herself).” It was a kind of self-observation before entering into dialogue with other models. Thereafter she threw herself into a relished obsession and experimented with models, styles, light and space.
In 1998, fascinated by artistic nudes, as they were so perfectly presented in the 1930’s by photographic legends such as George Hoyningen-Huene or Horst P. Horst, Sylvie Blum started creating body fragments, photographic torsos that attain an almost sculptural impression in the artistic lighting and delicate gradation of gray tones. However, the sources of her inspiration are far more varied. Photographs from her bewitching photo series Nudes, which revealed the spectrum of her work, emerged out of Miami, Berlin, Los Angeles and Mallorca.
Whether on the trail of Bruce Weber, Leni Riefenstahl or Herbert List, her images all have something in common. Sylvie Blum gives them something modern and perfects the fine art of the erotic with the utmost aesthetic quality. In a few years, advanced by her exceptional biography, she has found her spot in contemporary photography. “When you think erotica, do you think Sylvie Blum?” asks British Maxim, followed immediately by the answer. “Ol’ Auntie Sylvie is the Ansel Adams of the nude female form.”Bio
1967 born in Austria since 1984 work as a model and muse with famous photographers like Guenter Blum, Luciene Glerque, Andreas Bitesnich, Conrad Godly, Jan Sudek, Jeanloup Sieff, Martin Pudenz, Abe Freyndlich and many more 1988 examination at grammar school, college of arts Mannheim 1990 college of arts Trier, Germany 1992 art director pr-agency Mannheim, Germany 1995 married with photographer Guenter Blum 1997 widowed 1998 curator of worlwide exhibitions and bookpublications by Guenter Blums work 1999 turned to photography 2001 different productions in Miami and Los Angeles, USA 2002 work for international magazines 2003 worked in South Africa and China 2004 worked in Australia and Thailand 2005 moved from Germany to USA works in lives in Los Angeles, USACollections
comet collection, Collogne, Germany camera work, Berlin, Germany boonchai artmuseum, Bangkog, Thailand vedder collection, Miami, USA j.p morgan, Texas, USA google, L.A., USAExhibitions
2006 "nudes" artfair L.A. by modernbook gallery, collectors party standart hotel hollywood 2005 "nudes" San Francisco artfair by moderbook gallery USA"erotik" modernbook gallery palo alto USA 2004 "nudes" orangerie Grosskarlbach, Germany 2003 "nudes" and "hotel orient" Galerie Ricarda Fox Essen, Germnay 2002 "nudes" the gep gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands"hotel orient" lustschloss Vienna, Austria 2001 "Sylvie Blum photographs" Galerie im Weldeturm Schwetzingen, Germany 2000 "Venus selbst" ziresch art consult gallery Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 "nudes" artfair L.A. by modernbook gallery, collectors party standart hotel hollywood 2005 "nudes" San Francisco artfair by moderbook gallery USA "erotik" modernbook gallery, Palo Alto, USA 2004 "nudes" orangerie Grosskarlbach, Germany 2003 "nudes" and "hotel orient" Galerie Ricarda Fox, Essen, Germany 2002 "nudes" the gep gallery Amsterdam, The Netherlands "hotel orient" lustschloss, Vienna, Austria 2001 "Sylvie Blum photographs" Galerie im Weldeturm Schwetzingen, Germany 2000 "Venus selbst" ziresch art consult gallery Karlsruhe, Germany
artfair cologne, Germany
the gep group, The Netherlands artfair frankfurt, Germany
Galerie im Turm, Germany clean fine art, Munich, Germany camera work Berlin & Hamburg, Germany