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Bert Stern
Jewels
Bert Stern, From the Last Sitting, 1962

Bert Stern is a commercial photographer whose name was synonymous with glamour, creativity, and Vogue Magazine– and having taken the last pictures of Marilyn Monroe a few weeks before she died in 1962. Back in his heyday, he liked to experiment with unconventional techniques such as screen-printing, photo-offset combinations and computerized printouts. From the looks of Jewels, his new exhibition at Staley Wise, things haven’t changed much even though Stern is now 81 years old and Marilyn Monroe is dead almost 50 years.

In Jewels , Stern has added a new dimension to some of his most iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy (the supermodel of the 60s), Elizabeth Taylor, Suzy Parker (another supermodel), Shirley MacLaine, Sue Lyons as “Lolita”, Sophia Loren, plus other celebrities. He has pasted crystals on the surface of the photographs to create something new and some might say, garish. One example is the image of Monroe from “The Last Sitting.” She’s lying on her stomach, with fireworks bursting in the air behind her, which are actually hand-applied crystals on an archival pigment print. This photograph will test the old adage that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. In another Monroe image, From The Last Sitting: Diamonds, Monroe is shown with a long string of “diamonds” wrapped around her mouth. Price: $25,000 framed.

In 2008, Stern photographed Lindsay Lohan to recreate an image from the Monroe “Last Sitting Series” for New York Magazine. He updated it again about a year ago by adding hand-applied jewels. Price: $20,000 framed.

 by unidentified photographer.
Bert Stern, Sue Lyon as Lolita

There are at least two ways of looking at the images in Jewels.

1) It’s a cute idea that will require a substantial financial commitment to show your friends the strength of your convictions

2) The photographer, in his old age, has found a way to recycle and renew interest in some of his most famous work.

Staley-Wise says there is a difference of $5,000-$10,000 between the originals and the jeweled versions. Take your pick.

Bert Stern
Jewels


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