Andrew Weiss Gallery is honored to present, in its Los Angeles premier, a photographic retrospective in commemoration of Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday anniversary. This newly curated collection features Australian Artist David Bromley’s canvases, and the world’s most famous photographic works of Marilyn Monroe.
The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, June 25th, 2016, through September 23rd 2016.
WHAT: Marilyn at 90: A Tribute by David Bromley. A Retrospective Exhibition: Marilyn Monroe through the Lens and with the Brush
WHEN: June 25th – September 1st 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, June 25th, 2016 6 pm – 9 pm Open to the Public
WHERE: Andrew Weiss Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
TELEPHONE: 310. 246.9333
This exhibition presents works by noted Australian Artist David Bromley and the worlds most celebrated Marilyn photographers: Andre de Dienes, Milton H. Greene, William Carroll, Kashio Aoki, Bert Stern, George Barris, & Laszlo Willinger.
Bromley emerged as a painter in the mid-1980s. In the early stages of his career, he held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Adelaide and represented works in state and regional galleries. His recognitions include finalist nods in the Archibald Prize, AGNSW, in 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2008.
He has emerged as one of the most innovative and recognizable artists in Australia.
In his practice, David Bromley has developed themes for distinct and unique styles of painting; the female portrait, the children’s series and the butterflies and bird series. In the portrait series, Bromley explores the female form. Commonly, the paintings are life size poses, whether provocative or demure, of models from fashion and film. The portraits are commanding and seductive, the females attractive and bare breasted.
However diverse in his subject matter, Bromley’s work is enduringly figurative, daringly colored and executed with a graphic intention, reminiscent of Warhol’s Pop Art from the 1960s. He credits Warhol as an early influence demonstrated in his reductive colors, graphic style and the simplified forms of his nudes.
Over the past 20 years Bromley’s work has fostered widespread acclaim and notoriety in Australia and internationally. He has exhibited on nearly every continent including Asia, Europe, Africa and America. Bromley’s design eye and his ability to create mesmerizing environments has allowed him to engage, to design, and to decorate major spaces throughout Australia and abroad: everything from residential skyscrapers to iconic venues.
Marilyn Monroe, for her short life, captured worldwide attention not only on screen, but also beyond the camera. Her charismatic charm and beauty is what makes her a fashion and beauty icon, compelling artists of all kind to commemorate her eternal allure, charisma, and influence. That is precisely what Andrew Weiss has accomplished with this exhibition.
In 1945, Marilyn was offered 20 dollars to come fully dressed and beautified for a photo shoot. Later that year she signed with a modeling agency where she eventually became the Marilyn Monroe we all know today. Even Marilyn could not have imagined that day on the beach that she would become Hollywood’s most legendary star.
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Marilyn with Lute – Milton H. Green 1953
Above, left to right:
Marilyn Tribute lll David Bromley 2016
Glamour Shot by Laszlo Willinger 1948
Umbrella 55 – Andre De Dienes 1949
Honeymoon Shot = Kashio Aoki 1954
Photo by George Barris 1962