Exhibit | March 5, 2013

Photographs, an Exhibition of Paulette Tavormina’s Still Lifes

San Francisco, CA — MARCH is pleased to present Photographs, an exhibition of Paulette Tavormina's exquisite still lifes.  The show opens March 14, 2013 and continues through June 1.


Tavormina's dramatic images reflect the sumptuous detail of 17th century Old Master paintings.  Using a contemporary medium and a modern approach, her vibrant photographs of food and flora are reminiscent of Dutch, Spanish, and Italian still-lifes of the Golden Age.  To create these luscious compositions, Tavormina collects “props”—such as butterflies, shells, dried flowers and ceramics—which evoke the still-life vernacular and imbue each tableau with allegorical meaning.  There is a wonderful disorientation as Tavormina’s contemporary pieces evoke the trompe l’oeil effect of Old Master still-lifes.

“I have long been fascinated by the magic of everyday objects, the majesty and delicacy of nature, and the world of culinary delight,” said Tavormina.  “I have blended decades of photography and food styling with a love of 17th century Old Master paintings to create these still-life photographs.  My greatest influences have been Francisco de Zurbaran, Adriaen Coorte and Giovanna Garzoni, in particular Zurbaran’s mysterious use of dramatic light, Coorte’s unique placement of treasured objects and Garzoni’s masterful composition and color palette. The works of these artists remind us of the irretrievable passing of time - tempus fugit.”

Tavormina’s photographs are in museum, corporate and private collections and have been exhibited all over the world, including shows in New York, Paris, London and Moscow.  They have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Globe, L'Express and Martha Stewart Living. Tavormina was the winner of the Grand Prix at the 2010 International Culinaire Photography Festival in Paris.  She lives and works in New York City.

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Opens March 14 and will be on view through June 1, 2013



3075 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA




Sam Hamilton’s MARCH provides exquisite items for the kitchen, pantry and table. Curated and collaborative collections include pottery from Victoria Morris, clothing from Matt Dick, pots from Brooklyn Copper Cookware, leather accents from Rene Holguin, bespoke butcher blocks by Union Studio, ceramics from Brickett Davda, and table linens from Boxwood Linens.  MARCH also presents iconic slow cookers from AGA and cast iron cookware from Lodge, along with the new MARCH Pantry label, which includes jams, vinegars and spices.  For more information, please visit:  www.marchsf.com.