The last few weeks have been a race in preparation for the biggest show in the history of our gallery. Legendary wildlife photographer David Yarrow is heading to Chicago for a solo exhibition of his works at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary on the heels of two of the most successful shows in the history of wildlife photography. David sent me a letter a few weeks ago exclaiming the virtues of his London and Oslo shows. It appeared that these two top notch galleries sold over $2.7 million of his photographs within a period of two weeks! David wrote, "Chicago is next, Arica. Are you ready for me?"
Wow! That was a a message to aspire to. Are we ready? I think in the 30 years I have been in the art world, I have seen a lot of artistic success and a lot of failure. I have met the artists who ooze success and those who call themselves starving artists. Personally, I have a propensity to gravitate toward the former. I admire people who earn their stripes through hard work and pushing themselves beyond the boundaries of what is possible. I like the people who are willing to do the impossible.
David has been a photographer for over three decades. He was named Young Scottish Photographer of the Year at the age of 20 while he was still attending Edinburgh University. That same year, he was sent to cover the World Cup in Mexico for The Times and captured the iconic shot of Argentine footballer, Diego Maradonna, holding up the winning trophy (over Germany) in a crowd. That one photograph earned him worldwide recognition.
After university, he went into finance, became a stockbroker, and eventually founded his own London-based hedge fund. David knows about success. He knows how to leverage his talent with his idealism and pragmatism. He has an insatiable appetite for accomplishment and has been using his brilliant abilities to capture the spirit of our times. Unfortunately, it has not been a happy spirit. But then again, which times really have been?
For millennia, human beings have lived without thought or consideration for the other inhabitants of this planet. They have lived by superstitions, artificial beliefs and lack of respect and genuine selfishness. We humans have a tendency to believe that we have a right to decide the fate of other sentients beings, forests, oceans and mountains. Whether it is through carelessness or intention, we have decimated a large population of magnificent creatures for various parts of their anatomies. Somehow, somewhere, someone decided that the horn of a rhinoceros would instill magical benefits from curing a common cough to cancer and increasing sexual prowess. Over the years, the population of the rhino has plummeted. Most likely, that someone would have been a brilliant marketer who was looking for a way to increase their income.
We just opened a magnificent show by legendary photographer David Yarrow. Who was to know that this exhibition was so timely with the events of the last few weeks with the reversal and re-reversal of the ivory ban?
Hilton | Asmus Contemporary is dedicated to make our work in the Arts benefit our earth and all of the living beings entrusted to our care. From elephants to lions to tigers to children to refugees to our oceans and plastics, we care about life on this earth. We support any individuals or businesses who support human beings in their endeavor to make our earth a more compassionate and humane dwelling place.