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Archival images by Herb Ritts to be shown at Fahey/Klein Gallery

August 18, 2010 | 11:37 am

Kidman If you've ever flipped through the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ or other glossy style magazines, chances are you've come across the work of celebrity photographer Herb Ritts.

The photographer, who died in 2002 at the age of 50, snapped images of almost every major celebrity in the last 25 years. Some of his most famous images include a young Richard Gere posing next to a Buick, Jack Nicholson smiling through a magnifying glass and model Christy Turlington emerging from a pool.

In October, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles will present an exhibition celebrating Ritts' career. The gallery said the show will feature original prints made during Ritts' lifetime, adding that many of the photographs in the exhibition have "seldom, if ever, been seen by the public."

The show, titled "Herb Ritts: 25 Years," will run at Fahey/Klein from Oct. 21 to Dec. 4. It is expected to feature portraits, nudes and fashion photographs.

A resident of L.A., Ritts helped to create advertising campaigns for a number of fashion and clothing companies such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan and the Gap. No matter what medium he worked in, Ritts tended mostly toward dreamy, black-and-white imagery that referenced classical sculpture.

The gallery show is timed for the release of the new book “Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour: A Photographer’s Life and His World,” published by Rizzoli.

In 2003, Fahey/Klein hosted a memorial exhibition devoted to Ritts, a year after his death from complications of pneumonia.

Click through to see some of the other images that will be part of the exhibition. (The one above features Nicole Kidman in 2001.)

Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman (2001)

  Campbell
Naomi Campbell (1992)

Turlington

Christy Turlington (1996)

-- David Ng

Photos: Herb Ritts / Fahey/Klein Gallery


 
Comments () | Archives (5)

Am I wrong or did Ritts succumb to AIDS?

If so, I think any mention of the cause of his death should be "aggressively reported" and not brushed under the carpet.

The gay newspaper The Advocate learned that Ritts was HIV positive but that his pneumonia was not PCP. But it was enough to compromise his already weakened immune system.

I love Ritts work but you do no one any favors by downplaying the toll this terrible plague has cost in lives of the artistic community.

Art is in the eye of the beholder.

Greylin was right on:

"Am I wrong or did Ritts succumb to AIDS?

If so, I think any mention of the cause of his death should be "aggressively reported" and not brushed under the carpet.

The gay newspaper The Advocate learned that Ritts was HIV positive but that his pneumonia was not PCP. But it was enough to compromise his already weakened immune system.

I love Ritts work but you do no one any favors by downplaying the toll this terrible plague has cost in lives of the artistic community."

Honestly I get so sick of sloppy reporting by LA Times. By the way, how about giving us an address for the gallery - flesh out the "where" part of a basic report.

Um, try clicking on the gallery name, just like any other article on CultureMonster, and you will go immediately to the gallery site. Sheesh.

And someone has an agenda, no one cares how he died. It was eight years ago, its hardly news. And he is hardly creative art anyway, he is fashion/lifestyle pics, obviously yours, but that isnt alot of us. And dont go saying i am gay bashing, my sons godfather died of AIDS almost 20 years ago. People die of many things, my son almost killed twice by gangbangers, violence amoung our "ethnic" youth is far more horrendous, and ignored.

And if it doesnt consume the performing and commercial arts fields and its small and insular artscene, it doesnt get alot of pub. Death from AIDS is now highest among women who have and down low lovers and husbands, how about taking a stand on that.

Ritts was no more a creative artist than Annie Leibowitz, far less than Irving Penn and Robert Mapplethorpe, and not even in the conversation with those like Paul Strand, the Westons, and Kertesz. They were about humanity, nature and God, these two are about the selfstyled "creative" community, a label most of us dont go for, or impressed by. The world is out here, not just Manhattan and WLA.

There have been far better photographers show at Fahey/Klein, but didnt get the pub, why? I have even printed many of Mark Laitas animals and flowers myself. He does nice work, not real deep, but as good as these two. Just dont have coffeee table books for the self absorbed and arrogant.

Save the Watts/Rodia Towers, tear down the decadent Ivories

really love them, love also bocadolobo.com


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