Exhibition

Bert Stern

From the Archives of Bert Stern Part II: On Film

Bert Stern From the Archives of Bert Stern Part II: On Film | Events Calendar


Soho

Opening from

On View

Staley-Wise Gallery | 560 Broadway

Bert Stern conceived of his ultimate photographic romance with a vivacious woman on his flight to Rome in thespring of 1962. He was at the height of his success, eagerly sought after by art directors and fashion editors, and able to gain access to nearly any celebrity- so why not America’s leading sex symbol, Marilyn Monroe. Bert Stern wanted more than a historically iconic image of the movie star: “ What I wanted from Marilyn Monroe was the nudes because I couldn’t think of anything to put on her.” In his book The Last Sitting, Bert Stern commented, “ I was preparing for Marilyn’s arrival like a lover, and yet I was here to take photographs. Not to take her in my arms, but to turn her into tones, and planes, and shapes, and ultimately an image for the printed page.”