Category Archives: Art and Photography

2014: A Year in Marilyn Headlines

In January, Newsweek published a special issue, Marilyn Monroe: The Lost Scrapbook. Photographer Larry Schiller claimed to own a scrapbook given to Sam Shaw by Marilyn, though expert readers noted the handwriting was dissimilar to her usual style. Also this … Continue reading


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Phil Stern 1919-2014

Photographer Phil Stern has died aged 95, Variety reports. He was born in Philadelphia in 1919, and learned his trade as an apprentice for the Police Gazette. He won a Purple Heart for his work as a unit photographer during … Continue reading


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Cheers, No Tears: Marilyn’s Colombian Splash

A lovely, make-up free photo of Marilyn enjoying a dip in the pool (and a tipple), taken by Milton Greene in 1955, adorns the cover of Colombian Esquire‘s whiskey-themed December issue. She previously graced the cover of Mexican Esquire in 2012.


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Sidekicks of History: Marilyn and Sam Shaw

Marilyn’s friendship with photographer Sam Shaw is featured in a new book, The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Sidekicks of History, with text by Shaw’s granddaughter, Melissa Stevens, and an illustration by Julianna Brion.


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How Shirley Temple Inspired Warhol’s Marilyn

A signed photo sent by child star Shirley Temple to a young Warhol, thought to have inspired his iconic screenprints of Marilyn, is featured in Love is Enough, a new exhibition at Oxford Modern Art, reports the Sunday Times (full … Continue reading


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Leonid Sokov’s Soviet Marilyn

Leonid Sokov is a Russian noncomformist artist who lives in New York City. After emigrating in 1980, he was inspired by Pop Art, juxtaposing pin-up images of Marilyn with a very different kind of icon – the ruthless Soviet dictator, … Continue reading


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Bill Ray Exhibit in Santa Fe

A selection of Bill Ray‘s photographs for Life magazine, taken during the 1950s and ’60s – including his rear-view shot of Marilyn singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ at Madison Square Garden – are currently on display at the Monroe Gallery … Continue reading


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Kirkland’s Marilyn Inspires Lana Del Rey

Douglas Kirkland’s 1961 photos of Marilyn ‘between the sheets’ have become a staple of glamour photography, so much that its influence is often taken for granted. In September 2014, one of Kirkland’s images was featured on the cover of Vanity … Continue reading


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Marilyn and the Art of the Pin-Up

Legendary fashion writer Suzy Menkes reports on Christie’s current online sale, ‘The Art of the Pin-Up‘ (including images of Marilyn by Andre de Dienes and Bruno Bernard) for Vogue, noting that the perky innocence of that era is now a … Continue reading


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Marilyn Spotted on Kansas Roundabout

The town of Hutchinson, Kansas received a surprise visitor on Saturday, November 22, when a mystery graffiti artist (or, for some, a mere vandal) spray-painted four stencil images of Marilyn’s face – two red and two blue, perhaps denoting the … Continue reading


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