Robert Frank, who was considered one of the most important photographers of all time, has died aged 94. Born in Switzerland, he moved to the United States in 1947. Perhaps his most famous work of photojournalism was a 1958 book, The Americans. Frank became an avant-garde filmmaker, capturing beatnik culture in Pull My Daisy (1959); and he also shot the cover of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 album, Exile On Main St.
As reported here recently, three of Marilyn’s movie costumes (including this Travilla gown she wore to sing ‘River of No Return’). plus her black cocktail dress worn at a 1958 press conference to announce filming of Some Like It Hot, will be on display at London’s May Fair Hotel from September 24 – October 21, before going under the hammer at Julien’s on November 1. More details on the exhibit (including a series of film screenings) have now been revealed by Forbes.
“The four movies these outfits feature in are also to be screened at the hotel’s own cinema, May Fair Theatre. See a screening of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes on the evening of September 27th; catch There’s No Business Like Show Business on October 11th; book a ticket for River of No Return on October 15th; and finally, take a seat for Some Like It Hot on October 18th.
Tickets to these screenings are available as a part of dinner and drinks packages, following the movie with limited-edition cocktails in May Fair Bar and perhaps including dinner at the hotel’s Mediterranean restaurant May Fair Kitchen before you find your way to the theatre.”
Julien’s Auctions are holding a one-day sale featuring 115 Marilyn-related lots (including several movie costumes) on November 1st, as part of their Legendary Women of Hollywood event. These items will be also be showcased in the lobby of London’s May Fair Hotel from September 24 until October 21. A catalogue for this auction, Property From the Life and Career of Marilyn Monroe, is now available to order here, for $75 plus shipping.
This lovely Seven Year Itch-inspired figurine is part of ‘Make ’em All Mexican’, a series of reinvented icons created by Chicana artist Linda Vallejo, and is on display in Brown Belongings, a free exhibition at the Los Angeles Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LAPCA), as LA Weekly reports.
Marilyn’s iconic 1953 photo shoot with Alfred Eisenstadt is featured in Mid-Century Master, a retrospective for the legendary LIFE magazine photographer on display at Hillwood Museum in Washington DC until January 2020, as Judith Beermann reports for the Georgetown Dish.
Artist David Hockney’s life-sized nude portrait of actress Theresa Russell, created for her role as the Marilyn-inspired heroine of Insignificance (1985), is featured in a new exhibition, ‘Hockney and Hollywood‘, now on display at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, as the Darlington and Stockton Times reports.
“The Yorkshire-born artist was commissioned by his film director friend Nicolas Roeg to create the montage for his comedy movie Insignificance, which starred his then wife, Theresa Russell, as Marilyn Monroe.The film is set in a New York hotel in the 1950s and tells the story of four icons of the era as they discuss life, death, sex and the universe.It took Hockney four attempts with a Pentax camera to capture the images he wanted to create the piece entitled ‘Nude, 17th June 1984’.
The collage shows both Theresa’s front and back as Hockney explores the use of lines and edges in his photography. The actress’ pose, together with the pink satin sheets, her blond wig and licking of her lips is reminiscent of a centrefold pin up.
Nicolas Roeg– who directed Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Witches– documented Hockney at work on the piece. His photographs give a unique and intimate never before seen behind the scenes look at Hockney and are an integral part of the exhibition, as one artist observes another.
The work is on loan to the Bowes for two years from Mr Roeg’s family.
His son Statten Roeg, who remembers it hanging on the stairs of his father’s house, said: ‘It was quite funny seeing people’s reactions the first time they came to visit, especially of school friends in my younger days. My mother used to visit David in Los Angeles when they both lived there.’
Museum director Adrian Jenkins said: ‘We are really thrilled to have Nude, 17th June 1984 together with the amazing behind the scenes photographs that give us a personal insight into the camaraderie between Hockney and his friends during the making of the piece.’
The exhibition runs from Saturday until November 3, 2019.
The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham is open from 10am until 5pm, every day except 25, 26 December and 1 January. “
The Divine Marilyn exhibition (first reported here) has now opened at Galerie Joseph at 116 rue Turenne in Paris, through to September 22. You can read a report (in French) on the launch over here. (Photos by Joshua Greene, and Ma Zaz at Marilyn Remembered.)
This iconic image of Marilyn, seen through glass, is part of a new exhibition by artist David Datuna at his new Datuna Art Space, a converted taxi cab garage newly opened in Long Island City, New York, as Vinesh Vora reports for The Knockturnal. Here are some of his other portraits of Marilyn (with nods to Frank Powolny, Sam Shaw, Nickolas Muray and Andy Warhol…)
Graffiti artist Keith Haring, who died in 1990, was a protegee of Andy Warhol and friend of Madonna. His work is awash with pop culture references (along with more sombre social themes), so it’s no surprise to find triplicate portraits of Marilyn on display at the Arlington Museum of Art, as part of a retrospective, Keith Haring: Against All Odds.