Bryan Adams photography is candid, mythic, iconic

JOHN BRANDENBURG
For The Oklahoman
Modified: March 27, 2013 at 6:19 pm •  Published: March 27, 2013
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Guinness is also black-clad in a second picture, walking on a street in front of a brick wall, wearing high heels and a very wide, outrageous hat or hairdo, that makes her look like some kind of exotic creature of fashion.

A chrome-railed, curving, ultra modern stairway both frames and distances our aerial view of “Monica Bellucci,” lying in a seductive pose on a deep purple-violet couch, wearing a sleek, chic, figure-hugging dress.

Nudity or partial nudity works well for Adams in a number of his most eye-grabbing photographs, which testify to the trust and access he has to his subjects.

A case in point is provided by his 2011 black-and-white photograph of “Yasmin Le Bon,” lying on her back on a desk, with her bosom and legs exposed by her flowing dress, and her long hair nearly reaching the floor.

As natural and carefree as her loose blonde hair is the running-in place pose, between highway stripes, of “Pamela Anderson,” covering her bosom and wearing a long dress that looks like it could be a beach towel in a 1998 photo.

Even more appealing is Adams’ delightful 2008 photograph of Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace, sitting beside an umbrella and rain boots, her purse in her lap, beaming back at us, like almost anybody’s grandmother.

Curated by Anke Degenhard and Mat Humphrey in association with Mary Ann Prior, the show is highly recommended during its run through May 17 at Oklahoma Contemporary.

After that it will be on view from May 31 through July 31 at Marfa Contemporary, a regional extension of Oklahoma Contemporary, in Marfa, Texas.

Hours at Oklahoma Contemporary are from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Call 951-0000 or visit the website at www.oklahomacontemporary.org for information.