LIFEFORCE, Untitled Space, NYC (Curator & Contributor)
Glory Hole, Spring Break Art Fair, NYC (Curator & Contributor)
#GirlGaze A Frame of Mind, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Send More Nudes, The Standard Hotel, Miami (Group Show)
Pistil! Pistol!, Celestine 11, London, England (Group Show)
Temporary Accommodation, Niagara, NYC (Group Show)
It’s An Invasion, The National Arts Club, NYC (Group Show) (Curator & Contributor)
Honeymoon Phase, Drkrm Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Boregasm, The Lodge Gallery, NYC, NY
Tony Bennett: Portrait of an Artist, Morison Hotel Gallery, NYC
Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC, NY
On the Lam (Video Installation), The Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC, NY
On the Lam, Gawker Artists, NYC, NY
Hypnagagia, The Christopher Henry Gallery, NYC, NY
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Referred to by Vanity Fair as a “photographer specializing in the surreal,” Kelsey Bennett is noted for a style that depicts a “super-real life.”
At the age of twelve, Bennett was taught by her grandmother to develop photos in the darkroom. Now 28 years old, Bennett studied at Parsons School of Design as a Photography major, Savannah College of Art and Design (abroad in France), and earned a business degree from Berklee College of Music.
While at school in Boston, she got her start as a photographer shooting covers for a local magazine called The Weekly Dig. Kelsey has since shot for FLATT Magazine, BULLETT, and backstage fashion week for designers Prabal Gurung and Alexandar Wang. As well as shooting her own work, Kelsey has assisted photographers Annie Leibovitz, Danielle Levitt, and Lele Saveri.
In 2010, Bennett had her first solo exhibition, Hypnogogia, with The Christopher Henry Gallery. Since then she has had a solo show with Gawker Artists entitled, On The Lam. Her work has also been featured at The Lu Magnus Gallery, Scope Art Fair in Florida, and Fountain Art Fair in New York. In 2011, Kelsey had her second exhibition with the The Christopher Henry Gallery entitled Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, the story of a James Brown impersonator.
Over the past year, Kelsey has been working with her grandfather, singer Tony Bennett, on his Duets II album. For this project she traveled the world photographing legends such as Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, and Lady Gaga. The photos were also shown at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York.
As well as shooting stills, Bennett is art director for the New York based band, Skaters. With Skaters she directed her first music video, for which she was recognized by BULLETT magazine as “…an exciting young visual artist.”
Kelsey most recently co-curated an exhibit at the National Arts Club including over 30 artists. In the summer of 2014 she traveled to London for a residency with Girls Only, an all female art collective. She shoots polaroids regularly for Interview Magazine and she is currently working as the art curator on the new Todd Solondz movie. Also in celebration of the historic supreme court ruling legalizing same sex marriage Kelsey has created a pride T-shirt in collaboration with art and object store Object-ify 139.