Slow Dancing

David Michalek

David Michalek is an artist who takes the concept and techniques of portraiture as the starting points for the creation of his works, on both a large and small-scale, and in a range of mediums. While earning a B.A. in English Literature from U.C.L.A., he worked as an assistant to noted photographer Herb Ritts. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Michalek started his own professional photographic career, working regularly as a portrait artist for publications such as Vanity Fair, New Yorker and Vogue. Since transitioning out of commercial work, Michalek's installations, mixed-media projects and public art have been shown nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Museum, LA Music Center, Paris Opera Bastille, Venice Bienalle, Sadler's Wells, Trafalgar Square, Luminato Festival, Jacob's Pillow, Yale University, and The Kitchen. He is a visiting faculty member at Yale Divinity School, where he lectures on religion and the arts. David Michalek lives in New York with his wife Wendy Whelan, principal dancer of New York City Ballet.

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