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Amanda LearNot a. Lear

"The ideology of individuality which corresponds with the 'star' goes hand in hand with the ideology of authorship and originality. Everybody would like to believe he or she is not a tourist".
Haim Steinbach

"If the people have no bread, let them eat cake".

Not A. Lear refers to the title of Rene Magritte's painting: "Ceci n'est pas une pipe", and serves as the vehicle for an exhibition which consists of drawings by Amanda Lear and the work of contemporary artists.

Not A. Lear reintroduces the childlike games and spirit of the Dada and Surrealist movement by using a popular motive which acts as a playful interrogation of Amanda Lear. Conceptual confusion, symbolic representation and ordered geometry are all part of an ingenuous fragmentation that will be united by contemporary artists.

Drawing heavily on what has been written about Amanda Lear, as well as on the images that have been spread worldwide, Amanda Lear served as the wellspring of the imagination and the home of inspiration for several international contemporary artists. Continued thought processes and investigations on the subject became a means of reuniting conscious and unconscious realms of experience so completely, that the world of dream and fantasy has been joined to the everyday rational world in an absolute reality, a surreality.

amanda lear was born in Hong Kong in 1946 (sources mention 36 as correct date) from an english/french father and an asian/russian mother. it was during her modeling career whilst at st martins school of art in london, she befriended brian jones (of the rolling stones), bryan ferry (she posed for the cover of roxy music's "for your pleasure", a cover that became as famous as the album itself), marianne faithfull, twiggy, keith monn and david bowie. bowie and lear had a relationship for over a year , it was he who wanted her to start a singing career. he had her participate in his "midnight special" shown on nbc in 1974 which is considered the official launch of amanda's singing career.

it was during her modeling years however that she met salvador dali in a parisian restaurant whilst dining with brian jones. it was 1965 and she became dali's muse and closest friend for over 15 years. she lived with him and his wife gala in cadaques until (to dali's horror) her singing career demanded all of her attention in 1978 with the smash disco-hit "follow me". in her book "my life with dali" (published in 1985) she wrote: dali is a genius who likes ambiguity and he tends to talk to women as if they were men.

her being rumored to be born a man is what, apart from living with dali, made her famous. it also lead to vogue refusing to give her the cover of the magazine whilst she was a model, but at the same time launched her singing career.

due to her fluency in italian, french, german, english and spanish, amanda lear is currently the host of two television shows : one airing in italy and the other in germany. her television career was launched in 1982 in italy and she had several tv-shows in both france and italy.

in 1992 she made a french tv movie "a woman for me" to critical acclaim and started participating (as a continuous guest) in the most popular french show "les grosses tetes".

last year she made a movie with gerard depardieu.

during all those flamboyant years amanda kept drawing and painting. she started exhibiting her work sporadically in 1994.
more information on amanda lear can be found on: http://amandalear.tripod.com