Marilyn Monroe photographs at DRKRM/GALLERY/WEST

DRKRM/GALLERY/WEST is pleased to announce the exhibition of Marilyn Monroe photographs by Ed Feingersh and Gary Winogrand.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 7th from 7-10 pm.
Exhibition through August 29th, 2010.
DRKRM/GALLERY/WEST is located at:
729 Montana Avenue, Suite 2
Santa Monica, CA 90403.

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Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe 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.

New York photographer Ed Feingersh produced some of the most beautiful Marilyn Monroe shots there are. In 1955 she retreated to her exile in New York to avoid the constraints of her contract with Twentieth Century Fox and to take acting lessons with Lee Strasberg. For one whole week, Feingersh observed 29-year old Marilyn during her private and public life in New York. He followed her on her wanders through the city, joined her at costume fittings and at the Actors Studio, was along for an incognito jaunt on the subway and during her legendary ride on the pink elephant in Madison Square Garden. What he captured was the truly beautiful Marilyn Monroe oscillating between new self-confidence and extreme vulnerability, who could be relaxed and joyful one moment, contemplative, dreamy and sad the next Marilyn the person, as it were.

The famous “skirt blowing” scene from The Seven Year Itch, filmed in 1954 was to be a hit with both amateur and professional photographers. Several hundred, including Gary Winogrand, along with 2000 spectators gathered outside the Trans-Lux Theater in New York City in the early morning hours of September 15th to see and record her as she posed for over two hours for her adoring fans. Marilyn’s legs featured prominently in what has surely become the most iconic Marilyn image of them all, in which she stands over a Manhattan subway grating and squeals with pleasure as her skirt billows upward.
Regular gallery hours are Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-7 pm and by appointment 

Eli Consilvio