Mark your calendars: The Mark Shaw and Andy Warhol photography exhibitions open this week

Mark your calendars: The Mark Shaw and Andy Warhol photography exhibitions open this week

Frozen in time

Text: Adibah Isa

Teasers to Singapore Art Week, past icons are brought back to life in photo exhibitions by two heavyweights: Mark Shaw and Andy Warhol

We count ourselves pretty damn lucky this week. Not only have we managed to exist in the same time as the late David Bowie, two major photography exhibitions are opening in Singapore this week, resurrecting icons which have been influential at some point of our creative lives.

Audrey Hepburn in gray turtleneck sweater © Mark Shaw

Thanks to Leica, Singapore has been picked to be the Asian debut of Mark Shaw's extensive collection of images shot by his Leica M2. The LIFE photographer has captured the most intimate moments of individuals such as the Kennedys and Audrey Hepburn, as well as fashion's elite. Back in the day, he was invited to document Dior's early foray into the industry from 1952 to 1962, as well as shoot portraits of Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel. The art world certainly didn't forget him — a portrait of Picasso will hang alongside other revered personalities in this exhibition.

Picasso with sword, 1955 © Mark Shaw mptvimages.com5.jpg

Another one to watch this week is 'Andy Warhol: Social Circus'. Housing the largest collection of the artist's polaroids shown in Asia, it features shots taken from his Polaroid camera from 1958 to 1987. Billed to be the Instagram account of his time, the collection served as an instantly gratifying way to frame his famous friends. From the who's who of New York's crème de la crème to the creative underbelly, some of the Polaroids went on to become famous silkscreens, like the one of Debbie Harry. Of course, Warhol also indulged in a selfie from time to time.

Warhol's portraits of himself, Bianca Jagger, Diana Vreeland, André Leon Talley, Tina Chow, Keith Haring and Juan Dubose

'Mark Shaw: An Asian Debut' will run from 15 January to 29 February at Leica Galerie Singapore located at Raffles Hotel Arcade. 'Andy Warhol: Social Circus' will run from 16 to 29 January at Block 47 Malan Road, #01-26, Gillman Barracks.