Barry Kieselstein-Cord is the creative catalyst behind Awarded, a new book of photographs documenting the life and spirit of a most versatile talent. The book accompanies an exhibition of his photographs at the Eckert Fine Art Gallery in Millerton, NY. Kieslstein-Cord will be at the gallery this Saturday to discuss his work and sign first editions of Awarded.
This long-time friend of Andy Warhol has led a life replete with success and drama. Not one to shy away from controversy, Kieselstein-Cord has brought together images that are strong, diverse and provocative. From stark black and white silver prints to eerily colored ones, the breadth and power of this show should not be missed.
A thirty-year resident of Dutchess County remembers coming to the Berkshires with his Dad as early as 1954. Years later he graduated from the Parsons School of Design and started a career in Manhattan as a commercial designer and advertiser. Nine years of the classic Mad Men life was enough for Kieselstein-Cord, and he abruptly departed the agency to work as a jewelry designer for Georg Jensen. It wasnt long before creative impulses led him to found a company of his own. Barry Kieselstein-Cord now occupies icon status among fashionisti worldwide; his signature alligator necklaces, bracelets, belt buckles and accessories are trademarks of luxury and taste. He received two Coty Awards, another award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and his pieces were chosen for the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
When in the Berkshires Kieselstein-Cord is primarily found outdoors, working on his farm, walking his three dogs or exercising his horses. Horses are really like big dogs," he said in a brief interview, They have souls, you know. We once brought my daughters pony into the house you would be surprised by the warmth they generate! They are classical and beautiful and wonderful creatures."
Kieselstein-Cord may be larger than life by reputation, but in conversation he is a charming and intelligent fellow. Meet him Saturday, November 3 at the Eckert Fine Art Gallery. You will be all the richer for it.