LONDON (Dec. 1, 2015) — The 43rd edition of the Pirelli calendar, created by celebrated American photographer and portraitist Annie Leibovitz, made its debut Nov. 30, presented to the press, guests and collectors at an event in London.
The 2016 calendar — unveiled at the Roundhouse, a former industrial building that was one of the “temples of rock” in the British capital in the Sixties — features 13 women “of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment,” according to Pirelli S.p.A.
Included in the calendar are: actress Yao Chen, the first Chinese UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador; Russian top model Natalia Vodianova, founder of the charity Naked Heart Russia; producer Kathleen Kennedy, the chairperson of Lucasfilm and an influential figure in Hollywood; art collector and patroness Agnes Gund (with her granddaughter Sadie Rain Hope-Gund), President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York; tennis player Serena Williams; critic and writer Fran Lebowitz; Mellody Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments who supports charity projects in Chicago; film director Ava DuVernay, whose films include Selma, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; blogger Tavi Gevinson, founder of Style Rookie and online magazine Rookie; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat; artist, musician and performer Yoko Ono; rock singer Patti Smith; and actress and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer.
Pirelli said Ms. Leibovitz shot the work last July in her New York studio. She also is the creator of the 2000 Pirelli calendar, which featured choreographer Mark Morris's dancers — those pictures being the first set of nudes of Ms. Leibovitz career.