Greville St Bookstore


January 16, 2010, 5:59 am
Filed under: Art, Photography

Luxury
Martin Parr
Chris Boot, $75

In his epitaph to the age of conspicuous consumption and wealth, Luxury features Martin Parr’s photographs from five years of watching the rich and fabulous at international champagne-fuelled gatherings. In a series that manages to be both satirical and warmly affectionate towards air-kissing luxury-victims, Parr’s subjects include parties, horse races and notable luxury events including the Millionaires Fair, Moscow, the Dubai Art Fair and the Art Basel, Miami. Designed with an appropriately luxurious silver-foiled padded leatherette cover and introduced with an argument for a new morality by leading British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, Luxury is the powerful statement about the era before the bubble burst.

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