The Shmooze

Robert Farber Photo Show Opens

By Masha Leon

  • Print
  • Share Share

Opening night of internationally renowned photographer Robert Farber’s solo exhibition “Farberesque: From Pensive to Provocative” by 3 West Project 57 Cavalier Gallery (next door to Bergdorf-Goodman) was an uber trendy New York happening. Adding sizzle to the 400-strong crowd were — what I call “tree tall” those extraordinarily leggy stunners who mingled with the international crowd of collectors, prominent figures in art, fashion, finance and beauty. Lots of hugging and kissing, with Farber admirers anxious to be photographed with the artist who seemed to be having the time of his life.

The wine flowed and the chatter din was several decibels above deafening. Among the cadre of major collectors was Monarch Wealth Management’s Barry Klarberg, a member of the Super Bowl Host Committee who, I was told, stopped by between NFL activities to admire Farber’s famous nudes, fashion montages and images of New York City. Among a cadre of young collectors: Sara Leibovitz, Chantel and Marcel Goodman, Bill Goodman and Maria Anna Goess.

Photo courtesy of Karen Leon.

The first time I met Farber about a year ago at an earlier exhibit at his atelier, he told me “I came to photography through painting…. My first show was in [New York’s] Washington Square where a woman came up to me and asked ‘Are these paintings or photographs?’ When I replied ‘photographs,’ she told me to leave!” The highlight of his success, he said was when Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis saw his work. “I showed photographs, a lot of my Riviera work, and she said ‘Let’s take pictures all over and do a book, ‘By the Sea.’” After its publication, Farber said, “she sent me a handwritten note, ‘Dear Robert’ followed by a typed letter thanking me for the book. It was signed ‘Best, J’ and was dated February 29, 1984. It was Leap Year and my birthday!” Farber added: “That book was in her estate auction and was bought for $48,000!”

Karen Leon
Robert Farber

Among the crush of collectors and must-see-and-be-seen crowd — philanthropist Jean Shafiroff, Baroness Sheri de Brochgrave, journalist and author Rita Cosby, art dealer and publisher Ian Shapolsky and power attorney, philanthropist David Hryck who someone mentioned was “a tax lawyer to stars.”

Farber and gallery owner Ron Cavalier appropriated a portion of the sales from the entire run of the exhibit (through February 26) to go to the National Meningitis Association, his favorite charity. The evening’s guest hosts included NMA president Lynn Bozof and NMA Gala chairs Klarberg, Sara Herbert Galloway, Errol Rappaport and Gary Springer.


Permalink | | Share | Email | Print | Filed under: richard farber, nudes, photography, new york city, art, jewish

The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.




Find us on Facebook!
  • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
  • “'I made a new friend,' my son told his grandfather later that day. 'I don’t know her name, but she was very nice. We met on the bus.' Welcome to Israel."
  • A Jewish female sword swallower. It's as cool as it sounds (and looks)!
  • Why did David Menachem Gordon join the IDF? In his own words: "The Israel Defense Forces is an army that fights for her nation’s survival and the absence of its warriors equals destruction from numerous regional foes. America is not quite under the threat of total annihilation… Simply put, I felt I was needed more in Israel than in the United States."
  • Leonard Fein's most enduring legacy may be his rejection of dualism: the idea that Jews must choose between assertiveness and compassion, between tribalism and universalism. Steven M. Cohen remembers a great Jewish progressive:
  • BREAKING: Missing lone soldier David Menachem Gordon has been found dead in central Israel. The Ohio native was 21 years old.
  • “They think they can slap on an Amish hat and a long black robe, and they’ve created a Hasid." What do you think of Hollywood's portrayal of Hasidic Jews?
  • “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was 90.” Hedy Epstein fled Nazi Germany in 1933 on a Kinderstransport.
  • "A few decades ago, it would have been easy to add Jews to that list of disempowered victims. I could throw in Leo Frank, the victim of mob justice; or otherwise privileged Jewish men denied entrance to elite universities. These days, however, we have to search a lot harder." Are you worried about what's going in on #Ferguson?
  • Will you accept the challenge?
  • In the six years since Dothan launched its relocation program, 8 families have made the jump — but will they stay? We went there to find out:
  • "Jewish Israelis and West Bank Palestinians are witnessing — and living — two very different wars." Naomi Zeveloff's first on-the-ground dispatch from Israel:
  • This deserves a whistle: Lauren Bacall's stylish wardrobe is getting its own museum exhibit at Fashion Institute of Technology.
  • How do you make people laugh when they're fighting on the front lines or ducking bombs?
  • "Hamas and others have dredged up passages form the Quran that demonize Jews horribly. Some imams rail about international Jewish conspiracies. But they’d have a much smaller audience for their ravings if Israel could find a way to lower the flames in the conflict." Do you agree with J.J. Goldberg?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.