Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, 2016
For the first time in nearly a decade, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) will feature a photography exhibit with the unveiling of Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century, on March 18, 2016. Recognized as one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 20th century, Karsh’s work showcases some of the most notable men and women in Hollywood, the arts, sports and politics.
Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century” will feature 60 portraits ranging from Winston Churchill and Pablo Picasso to Muhammad Ali and Grace Kelly. In addition to viewing the iconic portraits, the audio tour included with admission will guide guests through the exhibit as they uncover the unique story behind each portrait.
“Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century is an extraordinary exhibit that will offer visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most famous figures,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. “It has been nearly a decade since we displayed a photography exhibit here at the gallery and we are excited to share such incredible works with our guests. Karsh had his own distinct style that reached beyond the subject’s face.”
Throughout his lifetime, Karsh produced more than 50,000 original prints, some of which were portraits of distinguished historic figures. Each portrait is unique due to Karsh’s ability to capture the essence of the individual. He believed that each person he photographed had a hidden secret and it was his job to reveal it.