Category Archives: Art and Photography

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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Snooker Champ Sells Marilyn Photos

British snooker star Dominic Dale is selling his collection of 32 stunning original prints of Marilyn, including works by Andre de Dienes, George Barris, and the 1952 Frank Powolny shot that inspired Andy Warhol, reports the Shropshire Star. As part of … Continue reading

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