Artist: Photographer Bert Stern
Title: Pearled Marilyn
Year created: 1962
Medium: Premium Archival Matte Art Paper
Signed by the artist
Edition: Limited Edition 5 of 250
Height (inches): 19
Width (inches): 13
This piece is unframed.
Includes a certificate of authenticity.
Photographer Bert Stern took archival photo's he had done of Marilyn in 1962 and embellished the photo's for the 50 anniversary of Marilyn Monroe show in NY.
Description of piece:
In 1962, when Bert Stern shot what is now known as the “Last Sitting”, he shot over 2500 images over three days in the Beverly Hills Hotel for Vogue magazine. Many of these photographs were never printed or shown to public, until Bert discovered them in a box some 40 years later. He took them to Duggal, a photo lab in New York with whom Bert had worked for over 50 years, to see if they could help restore them to their original glory. They worked with him for months to ensure that all damage to the pictures was repaired while keeping original details in the pictures intact. In 2010, working with his long time assistants, Lisa and Lynette Lavender (twin sisters who were former top fashion models and muses of Bert), he decided to “reinvent Marilyn” through gemstones and crystals encrusted on the photos, which were first shown at an exhibition in New York in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death. Over 800 people attended the opening night.
Stern's first professional assignment was in 1955 for a Madison Avenue advertising agency for Smirnoff vodka. His best known work is arguably The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs taken for Vogue of Marilyn Monroe over a three-day period, six weeks before her death. Stern's book The Last Sitting was published in 1982 and again in 2000. He has photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan (recreating The Last Sitting), among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications. Bert Stern with Aram Avakian, co-directed Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959), a documentary film record of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. In 1999, the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
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