Barrett Barrera Projects Announces the Acquisition of Ann Ray’s Complete McQueen Photographic Archive
Barrett Barrera Projects is delighted to announce its acquisition of the photographic archive by the French visual artist Ann Ray, otherwise known as Anne Deniau.
“I am grateful to entrust my photographic archive to the dedicated team at Barrett Barrera Projects,” said artist Ann Ray. “The collection represents the breadth and depth of my career, including the most significant works I’ve ever produced. It brings me joy to honor my unique friendship with Lee by ensuring these works will be cared for and appreciated for years to come.”
“Now, more than a decade after the designer’s tragic death,
Barrett Barrera Projects, one of the world’s largest private collections of garments and ephemera created by Lee Alexander McQueen, has acquired Ray’s photographic archive of the most revolutionary atelier of our time.
The acquisition of Ray’s archive allows Barrett Barrera Projects to tell
a richer story about McQueen, celebrating the complex artistry that lies
at the heart of his work.”
Blind Magazine (full article here)
The archive comprises over 32,000 prints, contact sheets, and vintage works almost entirely unseen by the public, capturing the artist’s personal relationship and longtime creative collaboration with Lee Alexander McQueen. Spanning from 1997 to 2010, when the pair first met at Givenchy Ateliers in Paris until McQueen’s tragic passing in London, the collection covers most of McQueen’s shows during his tenure as creative director at the studio and shows he conceived under his eponymous house.
The archive acquisition includes exhibition touring for Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous, an exhibition curated by Barrett Barrera Projects and currently available for bookings internationally.