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Kate Hillseth, Zoë Ghertner

As the contemporary art world gears up for the forthcoming Frieze Art Fair in Los Angeles, fine art photographer and fashion favorite Zoë Ghertner seized the opportunity to debut a new solo exhibition last Sunday. “I’m here for a little bit, and I then have to be in Europe for the shows for fashion week,” she told Vogue as her guests arrived at the opening reception of Held in the Palm.

On show at Zodiac Pictures, a gallery belonging to curator Kate Hillseth that sits just steps from the beach in Santa Monica, the setting offers an intimate backdrop for Ghertner’s exploration of ephemeral beauty and sensuality. “Kate had put me in a group show years ago, and we always had intended to do another exhibition together,” she says. “My work has changed a lot in since that since then, and so when she opened Zodiac, it felt like the right time for both of us.”

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Ghertner is known for her naturalistic style and ability to capture the strength and sensuality of both women and objects, often bathed in natural light. Alongside group shows in London and New York, her resumé boasts collaborations with fashion giants like Miu Miu, Chanel, Gucci, and Hermès that manage to seamlessly blend the realms of fine art and commercial photography, as evidenced in her solo presentation, made you vanish, exhibited in collaboration with Chloé at Paris Photo 2021. For Ghertner, her fine art and commercial endeavors are simply interconnected facets of her artistic journey. “It’s all my body of work,” she explains. “There’s a contrast within those two worlds, but I try to infuse my commercial work with the same spirit and the same energy.”

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