Opening is on Sunday, 15th of September, 2013 6-9pm
In late June 1962, just six weeks before Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death, Bert Stern took almost 2,600 photographs of the American star over three daily sessions at the Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles. Published in Vogue after the actress’s death, this photo shoot later became known as The Last Sitting.
Stern’s photographs carry a rare sensual and human vibrancy. Never before had the star allowed a photographer such intimate access, and Stern’s camera captures a revealing, naked portrait of Marilyn the person—a fragile, lonely, flawed woman who would die tragically a few weeks later.
The exhibition features seven archival prints on paper six of which have been uniquely enhanced with gemstones, pearls, Swarovski crystals and silver flakes, adding new depth and energy to these iconic portraits of America’s most famous actress.
Bert Stern was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. Self-taught in photography, he began his career as assistant in the art department of Look magazine in 1946. Hugely successful in the worlds of fashion and advertising photography, he operated in the late 1960s a studio from which he created countless award-winning ads, editorial features, magazine covers, films and portraits. In all of Stern’s works one can recognize the remarkable graphic simplicity of his photographic art, as well as his extraordinary rapport with his subjects.
Bert Stern passed away on 26 June 2013 at the age of 83 leaving behind an impressive body of photographic work.
Exhibition will continue until 10th of October, 2013
JAMM Art Gallery
Life Center, 2nd floor (next to CAP)
Block 2, Street 28, Industrial Shuwaikh, Kuwait