Herb Ritts: L.A. Style
HERB RITTS (American, 1952–2002), "Tony in White, Hollywood", 1988, Gelatin silver print, © Herb Ritts Foundation
He revolutionized fashion photography,
modernized the nude,
and transformed celebrities into icons.
HERB RITTS (American, 1952–2002), "Mark Findlay I, Los Angeles", 1990, Gelatin silver print, © Herb Ritts Foundation
Through hard work and a distinctive vision,
Herb Ritts fashioned himself into one
of the top photographers to emerge from the 1980s.
Ritts’s aesthetic incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles.
Herb Ritts mirrored our elegance.
He gave us a dignity that commanded respect.
At a time when we needed it the most, he gave us invincibility.
In 2002, Herb’s untimely death came from AIDS-related complications.
He was inducted into the Tom of Finland Foundation Artist Hall of Fame in 2003.
-S. R. Sharp, Curator, ToFF
April 3 – August 26, 2012
Kinky Robert Mapplethorpe Archive Worth Over $30 Million
Robert Mapplethorpe (right) and his lover, art collector Sam Wagstaff, in 1974
Robert Mapplethorpe’s work — mostly black and white, mostly from the grittiest cultural back-alleys of the 1970s and ’80s — is either high art or expensive pornography, depending on who you talk to.
As of today, though, the L.A. County Museum of Art and the Getty have made their collective position clear: In the first-ever joint acquisition between the two museums, well over $30 million in Mapplethorpe photos, sculptures and random paperstuffs have been secured in the Getty vaults in black archival boxes, waiting to unleash their incredible kinkiness upon the (already oversexed) Los Angeles public.