Go See – Berlin: Simon De Pury “PUREPURYGRAPHY” at Corner Berlin through December 31, 2009

November 13th, 2009

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Simon de Pury DJing at the opening of his exhibition ‘PUREPURYGRAPHY’ in Berlin via Interview

Auctioneer Simon de Pury of Phillips de Pury & Company has stepped out from behind the rostrum and into the role of exhibiting artist at a show this fall at the upscale clothing store The Corner Berlin in Berlin’s fashionable Mitte district. The exhibition is comprised of 40 large-scale photographs taken by de Pury on his various travels, under the title ‘PUREPURYGRAPHY.’ Another 400 photographs are included in the accompanying catalogue. The photographs range wildly in subject matter and style, touching on luxury brands, contemporary art, urban architecture, and nature. At the opening of the exhibition, de Pury, who said his “ultimate musical hero is Prince,” DJed a mix of 80s hits and power pop, a night given the title of PUREPURYPOP, which Interview called ‘a blissful Bar Mitzvah-style bash.

PUREPURYGRAPHY
DJ Da Pury is in da Berlin house [The Art Newspaper]
A First Time for Everything [Interview]
Simon de Pury Exhibits Photos, Spins Turntables [Lindsay Pollack]
In the Air: Star Ambitions [Artinfo]
The Talented Mr. de Pury [Luxury Culture]
Purepurygraphy, Berlin [Harper’s Bazaar]
The art market: The talented Mr De Pury [Financial Times]
Best Link Ever! It’s Hammertime for Simon de Pury! [Art Fag City]

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Multiple Choice
Simon de Pury’s ‘Multiple Choice.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

PUREPURYGRAPHY is de Pury’s second exhibition of his photographs. The first, in 2002, took place at Art + Public in Geneva. De Pury’s exhibition has been met with some skepticism, particularly directed the exhibition’s title as well de Pury’s decision to DJ the opening.  The Art Newspaper, in a an article with the headline “DJ  Da Pury is in da Berlin house” asked, “Will you also be fluffing up the canapes and working the door Simon?” This isn’t the first time the charismatic auctioneer has left people scratching their heads with his artistic endeavors. In 2000, de Pury made a music video of a Europop remake of Pete Seeger and Lee Hay’s ‘If I Had a Hammer,’ with himself in the starring role.


Simon de Pury’s ‘If I Had a Hammer’ via Dinemec Studios

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Simon de Pury’s ‘Alain Resnais est passé par là.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

PUREPURYGRAPHY has tapped into the world of social networking, boasting a Facebook page, a Myspace, a Twitter account, a Flickr account, and  YouTube account in addition to its own webpage. According to the press release, the exhibition aims to “[establish] yet another of [de Pury’s] many personifications; that of a passionate and widely-off-the-beaten-track photographer.” All images are 170 x 125cm, selling for €6,000 each.

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Brooke Is Bringing Her Four Kids II
Simon de Pury’s ‘Brooke Is Bringing Her Four Kids II.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

‘PUREPURYGRAPHY’ runs October 21 through December 31, 2009 at The Corner Berlin in Berlin.

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Clouds on the Horizon II
Simon de Pury’s ‘Clouds On the Horizon II.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Dior
Simon de Pury’s ‘Dior.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Focus on Olafur
Simon de Pury’s ‘Focus on Olafur.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Ginza Thirst Quencher I
Simon de Pury’s ‘Ginza Thirst Quencher II.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Homage to Donna Summer
Simon de Pury’s ‘Homage to Donna Summer.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Homage to Nadja Swarovski
Simon de Pury’s ‘Homage to Nadja Swarovski.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY I Want To Eat You
Simon de Pury’s ‘I Want to Eat You!’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Louis Vuitton
Simon de Pury’s ‘Louis Vuitton.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Near the Mandarin
Simon de Pury’s ‘Near the Mandarin.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Sumie III
Simon de Pury’s ‘Sumie II.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY To Flush Press the Button
Simon de Pury’s ‘To Flush, Press the Button.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury -PUREPURYGRAPHY Waiting In Line
Simon de Pury’s ‘Waiting In Line.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY - Au Pays de Mille et Une Nuits
Simon de Pury’s ‘Au Pays de Mille et Une Nuits.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Art Deco Dreams
Simon de Pury’s ‘Art Deco Dreams.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Bleu Bleu lAmour Est Blue
Simon de Pury’s ‘Bleu Bleu, l’Amour Est Bleu.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Burger King Leicester Square
Simon de Pury’s ‘Burger King, Leicester Square.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Cy in the Cyberworld
Simon de Pury’s ‘Cy In the Cyberworld.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Dynasty
Simon de Pury’s ‘Dynasty.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Joan collins
Simon de Pury’s ‘Joan Collins.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Lannee derniere a marienbad
Simon de Pury’s ‘L’Année Dernière à Marienbad.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Lost In Translation
Simon de Pury’s ‘Lost In Translation.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Play to Win
Simon de Pury’s ‘Play to Win!’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Red Lights in the Red Light District
Simon de Pury’s ‘Red Lights In the Red Light District.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Self Portrait Above Roppingi
Simon de Pury’s ‘Self Portrait Above Roppingi.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY The Weight of the Crown
Simon de Pury’s ‘The Weight of the Crown.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY The Winner Takes It All
Simon de Pury’s ‘The Winner Takes It All!’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Tu me fais tourner la tet
Simon de Pury’s ‘Tu me fais tourner la tête.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY UFO
Simon de Pury’s ‘UFO.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY

Simon de Pury PUREPURYGRAPHY Vie de Chateau
Simon de Pury’s ‘Vie de Chateau.’ via PUREPURYGRAPHY