THE EQUINE VISION OF ROBERT VAVRA Kentucky Horse Park to Present a 60-Year Retrospective by the World's Premier Photographer of Horses
LEXINGTON, KY (February 24, 2011) Famed novelist James Michener once wrote, “Though equus has fired the imaginations of painters from the prehistoric hunter-artists of Altamira to Leonardo da Vinci, Velazquez, Goya and Picasso, still in the history of photography no cameraman has recorded the horse with such excitement and personal style as has Robert Vavra. His photographs are works of art; they are interpretations of the horse as perceptive as those done by Stubbs and Remington. They are a joy to see, because they evoke the inner nature of the horse.”
Today Robert Vavra is universally recognized as the world’s premier photographer of equines, and his work will be the focus of the Kentucky Horse Park’s next exhibition, Vavra’s Vision: The Equine Images of Robert Vavra, Mar 19-May 30 in the International Museum of the Horse – a Smithsonian Affiliate. The exhibition is being presented courtesy of the International Institute of Photographic Arts.
By portraying the horse in his fresh and very personal way, Robert Vavra has become an icon in his own lifetime. He is the author of 37 books accounting for more than 3,000,000 volumes in print, in eight languages. This retrospective exhibition will delve into the world that Vavra has created through his lens for the past 60 years while circling the globe. In photographs, in film and in print, his images capture the strength, beauty and wisdom of the horse.
There will also be a public lecture and book signing with Mr. Vavra on Saturday, March 19 at 10:30am at the Kentucky Horse Park.
For more information about this exhibition, contact the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse, 859-259-4232. For more information on Robert Vavra, go to www.robertvavra.com.
What the critics say about Robert Vavra’s work:
"Internationally acclaimed photographer Robert Vavra's story is amazing..." -- CNN
"Robert Vavra...might well have been a character Ernest Hemingway invented for one of his books set in Spain...Vavra is elegant in the way people are when everything extraneous has been burned away by the fires and acids of a passionate life." -- THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"I did like Robert Vavra's book not only for its so very good photographs but for the text as well. He's no ordinary fellow, obviously..." -- NORMAN MAILER
"Seldom is found in one person an author of Vavra's caliber, a photographer unparalleled and a sensitive chronicler of animal behavior..." -- UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL
"During my lifetime I have met dozens of writers and photographers in dozens of different countries. But I have encountered no one who could both write and photograph with the artistry of Robert Vavra." -- JAMES A. MICHENER
"Vavra's photographs vault the travel barriers of our strange times..." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Vavra's pictures and words are emotional, romantic and grand." -- COSMOPOLITAN
"I am a great admirer of Robert Vavra and love his beautiful photographs and books. He is a wonderful artist, a poet..." -- LENI RIEFENSTAHL
"...exquisite photographs..." -- THE WASHINGTON POST
"...the photographs are not only stunning artistic success, but more wonderfully, Vavra's writing is equal to his enterprise." --THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"The focus is personal...poetic..." -- NEWSWEEK
"...enlightening stories and pictures...what beautiful intimate close-ups." -- ALFRED EISENSTAEDT
"...remarkable photos..." -- BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB
"They are superb, totally unhackneyed..." -- THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"...superlative pictures..." -- THE SATURDAY REVIEW
"...exquisite...confirms the existence of a pictorial genre that can only be called Vavra-esque - different in kind from all others." -- JAN MORRIS, THE LONDON TIMES
"Each of them a masterpiece..." -- THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER
"...glorious photographs singular in their artistry..." -- PBS
"Robert Vavra is one of these artists, part magician, part alchemist, who is able to create a series of photographs in unforgettable compositions. Only visible are the dunes, the blinding fields of flowers and the vast sky, the epic intimacy of Robert Vavra's vision." -- PETER USTINOV
"Robert Vavra has moved the mighty and the masses. His photographs are so loved that most of his thirty-three books have never gone out of print, and the words in them have been translated into ten languages from Japanese to Swedish...Peter Ustinov called him an alchemist with his camera. Ernest Hemingway was his friend; Princess Grace of Monaco, Yehudi Menuhin, Ustinov and James Michener wrote his forewords. Michener says there is no better photographer. The book they did together, IBERIA, was more than a year on the New York Times best seller list..." -- THE ADVOCATE AND GREENWICH TIMES
"...photographs of dazzling artistic beauty." -- GOOD MORNING AMERICA
KENTUCKY HORSE PARK ADULT RIDING PROGRAM
Kick-Start your New Year’s Resolution to Get Fit!
The weather is warmer and the grass is green. Those New Year’s resolutions to loose weight and get fit are long forgotten. Let the Kentucky Horse Park help you kick-start and renew that resolution with the Adult Riding Program scheduled from May 4 – 7, 2011, and May 11-14, 2011.
Team up with a friend or just bring yourself to learn balanced seat riding and “feel the burn” of using long forgotten muscles while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Kentucky Horse Park from horseback!
Participants will learn general horse care while exercising their entire body and getting more fit. The course is geared toward all levels of riders from beginners to experienced riders who are simply looking for more instruction. Participants will have daily riding, vigorous riding instruction, and also enjoy relaxing trail rides.
The course is offered in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate adults’ busy work schedules, and participants can sign-up for one or both sessions.
Enrollment is limited to 10 riders per session so register early to ensure your enrollment and get ready to “feel the burn” in a fun and exciting way that beats spending hours walking on a treadmill!
Session One: May 4-7 5– 7:30pm W,Th,F; or 9am – 3pm Sat
Session Two: May 11-14 5- 7:30 pm W,Th,F; or 9am – 3pm Sat
For more information or to register, please contact Sheila Forbes in the Kentucky Horse Park Education Department at 859-233-4303 or
CONSIGNMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2011 ART AUCTION
After being tabled for a one year hiatus because of construction of the addition to the American Saddlbred Museum and the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, plans for the 2011 Saddlebred Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction are underway. The auction will once again be held on Saturday July 16, 2011 during the Lexington Jr. League Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Showplace for Saddlebreds.
The auction features equine artwork in all media, rare books unique antiques and collectibles as well as historic artifacts. Consignments are now being accepted for this year’s event. Artwork must be tastefully framed (or preferably in original frame) and items in good condition. The deadline for submission is March 25, 2011.
The auction will begin at 12:00 noon, and a Preview Party will be held prior to it from 10:30am to noon. If you’ve never attended the auction, plan now to do so – it’s one of the season’s most unique and entertaining events!
If you have any items you would like to consign to this year’s auction, contact Tolley Graves at the American Saddlebred Museum to receive a Consignment Contract and the Conditions of Sale. 859-259-2746 or
Volunteer Cross-Country Clean-up Day on March 19 cancelled. Thank you to the many volunteers who came out to help the KHP Foundation clean up last weekend! Some very hard workers came from as far away as West Virginia to help the Kentucky Horse Park prepare the Cross-Country Course for a new season of competition and schooling! They did such a phenomenal job we’ve decided a second clean-up day won’t be necessary. Here is a huge shout-out and thank you to all our helpers! The course will be re-seeded and beautiful just in time for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event!!! Please call the KHP Foundation at 859-255-5727 if you have any questions about the cancellation of the March 19 clean-up day.
Double Dan Horsemanship Clinic will take place at the Ky Horse Park Apr 16-17. Dan James is the winner of the 2008 "Road to the Horse" Australia and was a clinician at the 2010 Games.
The clinic will be covering Double Dan Horsemanship techniques in young horse education, ground control, long reining, progressing to under saddle and problem solving. Dan James will work with your horse in the clinic for $150. Contact him for more information!
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