Helmut Newton – MFAH

A lot of people ask where to take guests when they visit Houston.  Houston is not known for its tourist destinations, but something worth considering is a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

I took my sister to an exhibition Helmut Newton – White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes.  Helmut Newton was a world famous fashion photographer and has created some amazing and thought provoking photographs.  Newton has a strong link to Australia, he actually served 5 years in the Australian army and became an Australian Citizen.

This exhibition is the entire works from his three books White Women (1976), Sleepness Nights (1978) and Big Nudes (1981).  These prints are large scale and impressive.

Don’t think that this exhibition has only a little bit of nudity, there is a lot.  So if you feel uncomfortable looking at nude photographs in the presence of other museum guests, I would give this exhibition a miss as Newton’s photographs are quite graphic.

For those who love looking back at fashion photography and the lifestyles of the rich during the late seventies, early eighties, go, you will love it.

It costs you $10 to enter the exhibition and you book a time slot.  Often when there are sold out exhibitions it is best to book online so that you don’t have to hang around.  This particular exhibition hadn’t been selling out.  So we simply rocked up and purchased tickets.

The entry price gives to entry to the exhibition, plus general entry to view the museum.  This is one of Houston’s larger museums with works from famous artists such as Pablo Picasso.

Helmut Newton White Women, Sleepless Nights, Big Nudes runs through until September 25.  It is being held in the Beck building of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston located on 5601 Main St.


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