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Imitate Modern & Sotheby’s New York proudly presents… PROVOCATRIX with Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields. “Considered the Andy Warhol of his generation, Shields has produced images that play with notions of the gaze, power structures, hyper-realism, iconoclastic-tendencies and cinematographic practice, but his Mouthful series of works are among his best known” – Sotheby’s



An event like we’ve never done before
. ‘Provocatrix’ will feature a specially curated pop-up exhibition and Q&A with contemporary photographer Tyler Shields, moderated by special guest Emily Bierman, Vice President of Sotheby’s New York. 
This exhibition, carefully crafted from the world renowned ‘Provocateur’ series focuses on the kinetic energy of the female form. Tyler continues to challenge the modern concepts of what compromises a portrait photograph.
Tyler Shields INVITE

Imitate Modern & Sotheby’s presents PROVOCATRIX. 


March 8, New York. Tyler Shields will be discussing a plethora of topics with Emily Bierman, Vice President of Sotheby’s New York. The discussions will centre around his famous photography, creation, the process of his work and of course ProvocateurTyler Shields delves into his work like never before. The searing truth about his burning Birkins, and finding the perfect shot will indeed be revealed. Stay tuned for a follow-up of this exclusive talk.



At the beginning of the month, 
Imitate Modern proudly presented Tyler Shields at the Erotic: Passion & Desire auction, held exclusively online at Sotheby’s. The auction showcased a strong collection of works including Tyler Shields Mouthful, 2017 – within the first day of the auction, he smashed the estimate.

Fast forwards, and Tyler Shields nearly doubled the reserve estimate on its final day, Feb 12th. Mouthful, 2017 sold for a jaw dropping £23,750. His unmistakable piece featured as the central image for the auction, this only added to the elegant power of the acclaimed photographer. 


Tyler Shields – Mouthful, 2017.


“The mouth is a the gateway to the mind,  and fortunately for me I am not the only one interested in mouths.” – Tyler Shields. 



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By Stephany Winnie Malcolm 

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