PAULETTE TAVORMINA (American, b. 1949)
Paulette Tavormina lives and works in New York City. Amidst the bustle that defines the city, she can often be found at one of its many farmers markets searching for the perfectly imperfect flora that characterize her photographs. Her arrangements often recall the sumptuous detail of seventeenth century Old Master still life painters and serve as intensely personal interpretations of timeless, universal stories. With a painterly perspective reminiscent of Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte, and Giovanna Garzoni, Tavormina creates worldly still lifes.
Tavormina’s photographs are in museum, corporate, and private collections, and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Boston, Palm Desert, and San Francisco. In April of 2016 she received her first solo museum exhibition at The Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. A second solo exhibition will take place from September 8 to November 27, 2016 at the Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University in Notre Dame, Indiana.
Tavormina also works as a commercial photographer, and has collaborated with The Fabulous Beekman Boys on three cookbooks, including the critically acclaimed The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook and recently photographed The Del Posto Cookbook. She has been commissioned by The New York Times and National Geographic, among others. Previously, Tavormina was a prop and food stylist for major Hollywood films, working on films such as The Perfect Storm, Nixon, and The Astronaut’s Wife.
Her monograph, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty published by The Monacelli Press (April. 2016), has been reviewed by The New York Times and Architectural Digest.
Alimentarium, Musée de l’Alimentation, Vevey, Switzerland
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida
Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana