Femme Fatale by David Drebin

"In a unique manner, David Drebin's work combines voyeuristic and psychological viewpoints. He offers the viewer a dramatic insight into emotions and experiences which many of us have doubtlessly felt at some point of our lives."

 

 

Longings and Desires excited by Images

by Rainer Funke


Hardly anything is more electrifying than the deep or not so deep layers of our longings and desires excited by images, especially when they come along in the garb of mythical atmospheres and set in motion premonitions. Contemporary myths reach us mainly in the form of films.

David Drebin's photographs manage in an inimitable way to create tense, crackling, highly erotic film atmospheres with individual images. We cannot see the films from which the frozen scenes seem to originate, but we feel exactly how they feel, how they tickle and challenge us, breathlessly in the vortex of their exuberant actions, intoxicating us orgiastically.

Each photograph is an explosion of potentiated sensuality, color frenzy, a voyeuristic realization of a particular U-Topos with a special, mysterious happening. Against the background current discussions about diversity, someone may find Drebin's shameless staging of female eroticism from the point of view of the heterosexual male gaze, which, however, can just as well be a (less heterosexual) female gaze, as a spectacle of masculine dominance. Because of the presented perfection, we should not let ourselves be stopped by this!

 

© David Drebin WHEELS & HEELS
48" X 72" EDITION OF: 7 / 30" X 45" EDITION OF: 10 / 20" X 30" EDITION OF: 15

"After graduating from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1996, David Drebin rapidly made a name for himself as an internationally renowned photographer creating images of movie stars, sports personalities and various entertainers and subsequently was commissioned for countless high profile advertising campaigns around the world. David Drebin is a multidisciplinary artist working in various art forms producing limited edition works including Photographs, Lightboxes, Neon light Installations, Sculptures and Etchings on Glass."

© David Drebin NEW YORK TIMES
48" X 72" EDITION OF: 7 / 30" X 45" EDITION OF: 10 / 20" X 30" EDITION OF: 15

"Drebin's photographs are epic, dramatic and, above all, cinematic and have been collected around the world. In a unique and opulent way, Drebin stages femme fatales against the gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, and Paris. The panorama of the big cities, which, due to their format, are a tribute to cinema, serve as cinematic settings. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such differing topics as humor and sex, melancholy and sex, and melancholy and humour. At Art Miami in 2010, his now sold out “Central Park” sold for a record price of $78,000 through Contessa Gallery who has featured Drebin in major Art Fairs since 2008 alongside art world legends Andy Warhol, Chuck Close and Helmut Newton."

© David Drebin BEFORE THE STORM
60" X 48" EDITION OF: 7 / 40" X 30" EDITION OF: 10 / 25" X 20" EDITION OF: 15

"The dreamy, epic and cinematic photographic world of David Drebin is portrayed with sex appeal, intrigue, fantasy and danger. The viewer has stumbled upon a moment, caught at the height of the action. His highly recognizable cinematic style has made Drebin one of the most desirable and collected multi-disciplinary artists worldwide. At first sight, David Drebin’s images of Femme Fatales are captivating. Over time the viewer discovers layers - hints of humour, melancholy and hidden drama."

© David Drebin MOVIE STAR
48" X 60" EDITION OF: 7 / 30" X 40" EDITION OF: 10 / 20" X 25" EDITION OF: 15

I always wanted to be a femme fatale. Even when I was a young girl, I never really wanted to be a girl. I wanted to be a woman. ~ Diane von Furstenberg

© David Drebin UNDER THE LIPS
48" X 71" EDITION OF: 7 / 30" X 44" EDITION OF: 10 / 20" X 30" EDITION OF: 15

© David Drebin PHOTOGRAPHING HERSELF
48" X 72" EDITION OF: 7 / 30" X 45" EDITION OF: 10 / 20" X 30" EDITION OF: 15

Feminism has tried to dismiss the femme fatale as a misogynist libel, a hoary cliche. But the femme fatale expresses woman's ancient and eternal control of the sexual realm. The specter of the femme fatale stalks all of men's relationships with women. ~ Camille Paglia

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A new spectacular photobook, featuring David Drebin’s 50 most iconic works

The multidisciplinary artist is best known for his cinematic, narrative style featuring femme fatales in imaginative, dramatic settings, as well as dreamlike landscapes and cityscapes that capture our yearning for faraway places, or mysterious, unexpected encounters. Drebin uses distinctive lighting techniques to capture alluring, magical moments, creating images that are both classic and contemporary.

Based on the international success of his artworks, and after publishing six best-selling books with teNeues in the past decade, it was time to release the ultimate book. David Drebin’s Collectors Edition, a portfolio of the artist’s 50 most iconic works, is an XXL limited edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered – epic, dramatic, a cinematographic masterpiece.

 

David Drebin Collectors Edition
Limited edition of 500 copies, signed and numbered Published by teNeues Media
38 x 48.5 cm / 15 x 19 1/ 8 in.
128 pages, hardcover, 50 color photographs
Texts in English, German, and French
 250 EUR / 225 £
ISBN-13: 978-3-96171-283-0

Cover Collectors Edition © David Drebin/ teNeues

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About David Drebin

In 2005, Drebin had his first solo exhibition at Camera Work in Berlin. This was followed by his first comprehensive illustrated book entitled “Love and Other Stories” in 2007 and this zeitgeist moment was followed by a stream of worldwide representation by some of the finest galleries globally.

Exclusively publishing books with  teNeues Publisher  his books are distributed around the world and often followed with exhibitions in Paris, New York, Miami, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Brussels and many other cities Internationally. Drebin has been showcased during Art Basel at Art Miami by Contessa Gallery for over a decade and is also represented by the world's finest Art Galleries including Camera Work in Berlin, Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal, Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles, Preiss Fine Arts in Vienna, Immagis Gallery in Munich and Fahey Klein in Los Angeles. 

In 2018 the record price of a David Drebin photograph "Jerusalem" sold for $100,000 through Art Angels Gallery in Los Angeles.

Drebin has released many books published by teNeues publishing and distributed worldwide including "The Morning After", Beautiful Disasters", "Chasing Paradise", "Dreamscapes", "Love and Lights" and  "Before They Were Famous" and is currently working on "David Drebin, Collectors Edition" an oversized monograph to be published in late 2020 followed by exhibitions around the world.

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EXHIBITIONS

Love stories and landscapes are dominant themes of David Drebin’s Dreamscapes, Femme Fatales, Neon Light Installations, Sculptures and Etchings on Glass.

Drebin's limited edition works have been featured globally at over 100 Art Fairs from Paris Photo to Art Basel in Miami and have been showcased in over 75 solo exhibitions around the world including Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Istanbul, Amsterdam, London, Munich, Miami and Los Angeles.

 
2020
15 Years Collected Dreams- Camera Work Gallery- Berlin
 
2019
Art Angels, Los Angeles
GKM Galleri, Sweden
Immagis Gallery, Munich
High 10 Art Collection,Hamburg
Isabella Garucho FineArt
 
2018
Galerie de Bellefeuille-10 years 
Sevil Dolmaci, Istanbul
 
2017
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
Camera Work, Berlin 
Only Arts Club,Hamburg
 
2016
Atlas Gallery, London
La Photographie Gallerie, Brussels
Galerie De Bellefeuille, Montreal
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
Camera Work, Berlin
 
2014
Opiom Gallery, Cannes 
Galerie de Bellefeuille,Montreal
 
2013
Young Gallery, Brussels
Camera Work, Berlin
Acte2 Gallery, Paris
Photography Limited Editions, Vienna
Room 8 Gallery, Sao Paulo
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
 
2012
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
Rize Art Gallery, Amsterdam
Camera Work, Berlin
Contessa Gallery, USA
 
2011
Contessa Gallery, USA
Photographers Limited Editions, Vienna
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
Rhein Gallery, Bonn, Germany 
 
2010
Brucie Gallery, Ukraine
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal
Contessa Gallery, USA
Featured Group Museum Fotografiska, Stockholm
Camera Work, Berlin
Ellipsis Gallery, Istanbul
Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles
Mola Art, Copenhagen 
 
2009
W Hotel, Los Angeles
Galerie de Bellefeuille,Montreal 
 
2008
Torch Gallery, Amsterdam
The Netherlands Art Centre
Camera Work, Berlin
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg 
 
2007
Quartier 206, Berlin
Young Gallery, Brussels 
 
2006
Camera Work, Berlin  
 
2005
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles  
 
2004
Gallery One, Toronto 

All images courtesy © David Drebin

ART FAIRS

2020
Art Palm Beach
Art Wynwood
15 Years Collected Dreams- Camera Work Gallery- Berlin
 
2019
Art Miami
Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary
High Ten Art Private Collection - Hamburg 
Art Wynwood 
Art Naples
 
2018 
Art Miami
Art Palm Beach
Palm Beach Contemporary
Texas Contemporary
Art Boca Raton
Photo London
Art New York
Art Market and Design (Hamptons) 
 
2017
Art Palm Beach
Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary Art Fair
Art Wynwood
Art New York
Paris Photo
Art Miami 
 
2016
Art Palm Beach
Art Wynwood
Art New York
Art Southampton
Art Toronto
Art Miami 
 
2015
Art Wynwood
Photo London
Paris Photo
Photo Shanghai
Art New York
Art Southampton
Art Silicon Valley
Art Toronto
Art Miami  
 
2014
Art LA
Art Wynwood
Art Palm Beach
Art Toronto
Art Basel Hong Kong
Art Southampton
Art Chicago
Art Miami  
 
2013
Art Miami
Art Palm Beach
Art Wynwood
Art Southampton  
 
2012
Art Palm Beach
Art Naples
Raw Art Fair (Rotterdam)
Scope (NYC)
Art Southampton
Art Greenwich
Art Toronto
Paris Photo
Istanbul Contemporary
Art Miami
Art Palm Beach
Art Wynwood
Art Southampton  
 
2011
Art Miami
Art Palm Beach
Art Chicago
Art Naples
Scope Basel (Switzerland)
Art Toronto
Istanbul Contemporary
 
2010
Art Palm Beach
Art Chicago
Armory Show (NYC)
Art Zurich  
 
2009
Art Chicago
Art Toronto
Art Miami  
 
2008
Art Zurich
NYC Pulse Art Fair
Art Miami  
 
2007
Photo London
Paris Photo  
 
2006
Photo London
Paris Photo  


GALLERIES & ART DEALERS

USA

Palm Beach
Contessa Gallery
www.contessagallery.com
T / 216 382 7800

Greenwich CT
Isabella Garrucho
Fine Art
www.igifineart.com
T / (203) 622 0500

Los Angeles
Art Angels
www.artangels.net
T / 310 693 5500

Los Angeles

Fahey Klein Gallery
www.faheykleingallery.com
T / 323 934 2250

Miami
Oliver Cole Gallery
www.olivercolegallery.com
T / 305-392-0179

EUROPE

Sweden
GKM Gallery
www.gkm.se
T / +46 (0)40 611 99 11

Vienna

Preiss Fine Arts
www.preissfinearts.com
T / +4315337096

London
ATLAS Gallery
www.atlasgallery.com
T / +442072243351

Berlin
Camera Work
www.camerawork.de
T / 49 30 31 00 773

Munich
Immagis Fine Art Photography
www.immagis.com
T / +498928729232

BOOKS

You can order any of David Drebin's books at your local bookstore. If there is no bookstore near you, the link shows an online ordering option.

BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS

Unique and rare Polaroids and Contact Sheets show the career beginnings of David Drebin and his protagonists. With images of Movie Stars and other famous people before they were famous and many of Drebin's now sold out works before they were ever shown on gallery walls. The sixth book by David Drebin is limited to 1,200 copies and is a must ­have for all lovers of his photography and art.

 

available

LOVE & LIGHTS

David Drebin’s neon light installation works are produced in limited editions with the highest levels of contemporary craftsmanship. Love & Lights is a luxurious collector’s edition coffee table book of Drebin’s neon works, the fifth in his series of books with teNeues, featuring an eye-catching lenticular cover, as well as three unexpected gatefolds...

 

available

DREAMSCAPES

Once again, master photographer and storyteller David Drebin transports us into his gorgeous and captivating dreamscapes. For this, his fourth volume of work named Dreamscapes, we are transported to the most magical places on earth.

 

available

CHASING PARADISE

"Chasing Paradise," offers a tantalizing glimpse into the mysterious, seductive world of dream chasers and paradise seekers. In his latest masterpiece, published Fall 2015, this internationally celebrated artist takes us on a captivating journey from Shanghai to Berlin, New York City to Tokyo and beyond...

 

available

ROOM WITH A VIEW

Room With A View...David Drebin photographs the cover of Conde Nast Traveler's Room With A View. Published by Assouline.

 

available

LOVE AND OTHER STORIES

Love And Other Stories...David Drebin's first monograph featuring iconic images from Rio to New York City and many dramatic tableauxs within these glamorous locales. Published by Daab.

 

available

BEAUTIFUL DISASTERS

Are they Heartbreakers or are they Heartbroken? Published by teNeues www.teneues.com

 

available

THE MORNING AFTER

The Morning After...David Drebin's 2nd monograph featuring dreamscapes, epic seascapes, dramatic cityscapes and femme fatales photographed around the world. Published by teNeues

 

available

Prof. Dr. phil. Rainer Funke researches and publishes on design-theoretical issues from a semiotic, cultural-theoretical and philosophical perspective and works as a design consultant for companies. He teaches design theory at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. After studying philosophy at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, he earned his doctorate in semiotics and subsequently worked in design-theoretical research at Burg Giebichenstein - University of Art and Design Halle. In 1992, he was appointed to Potsdam as the founding dean of the Department of Design. Rainer Funke was the owner of a design agency, chairman of the board of the Brandenburg Design Center, and visiting professor at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz.


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