729 Montana Avenue, Suite 2
Santa Monica, CA 90403




photographs by Ed Feingersh

August 7th- 29th, 2010

Opening reception Saturday August 7th, 7-10 pm

drkrm/gallery/west is pleased to announce the exhibition of rare Marilyn Monroe photographs by Ed Feingersh, Garry Winogrand and Phil Stern. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 7th from 7-10 pm. The exhibit will be on view through August 29th, 2010.

Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) made only 30 films in her lifetime.
Monroe personified Hollywood glamour with an unparalleled glow and energy that enamored the world. Her apparent vulnerability and innocence, in combination with an innate sensuality, has endeared her to the global consciousness. She dominated the age of movie stars to become, without question, the most famous woman of the 20th Century. Her legendary status and mysticism will remain with film history forever.

New York photographer Ed Feingersh (1924-1961) can be thanked for shooting some of the most beautiful black and white photographs of Marilyn Monroe ever taken. Pictured during her so called 'New York Exile' in early 1955 as she attempted to break free from the constraints of her contract with Twentieth Century Fox.

Feingersh shadows Marilyn during the course of a tumultuous week, following her around the city as she goes about her private and public life. They travel incognito on the New York subway, go to costume fittings and the premiere of Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. Marilyn is captured relaxing in her hotel suite, dressing for events and putting on her make up. The week culminates in a legendary appearance astride a pink elephant at a benefit performance of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at Madison Square Garden.

As you view these rare and intimate photographs you discover a Marilyn fluctuating between fresh faced self confidence and extreme vulnerability. Vibrant and cheerful one minute, pensive and serious the next. A complicated, many-sided women behind the confection Hollywood had made her.

Regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-7 pm
and by appointment

All gallery events are free and open to the public.

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