Nicholson grew up in 30s Brooklyn, became a top model and fashion icon in the Paris of the 50s and was a core member of Warhol’s Factory entourage in the 60s. More recently, she’s lived hand-to-mouth, moving often, sometimes homeless. Through the collaboration between Nicholson and Ventur, the former Superstar has again become a muse to an artist, and she relishes her return to the limelight. She presents herself, her twins Gunther and Penelope and her daily routine, through venues, vignettes and styling.
Ventur’s ongoing project of re-capturing the Warhol Superstars as they are now has resulted in unblinking and lyrical portraits of some of the most fascinating personalities of the 60’s and 70’s: Taylor Mead, Billy Name, and Mario Montez, for example. In each case, the project has followed the pace of a sensitive duet in which Ventur allows for a conceptual flexibility that shares the balance of creativity between photographer and subject—allowing for the otherness and signature aesthetic choices of both to emerge through the works. The Superstars were proto-reality stars who cultivated oversize gestures and cliché, seeking to both live a contrived drama and a natural life simultaneously. Ventur deftly manages to capture the authentic individuals and their fabricated existences in his photographs.