The Morrison Hotel Gallery is proud to present the premiere exhibition of Kurt Cobain By Jesse Frohman in conjunction with the 18th anniversary of Cobain’s passing on April 5, 1994. The exhibit will be open to the public from April 6th through April 22nd at the 124 Prince Street gallery.
These iconic images of Kurt Cobain in his final days are a testament to Grunge and pop culture in the ’90s, and the worlds of art, fashion, music and celebrity collide in this distinguished portrait series. These are some of the most sought after pictures of Cobain and The Morrison Hotel Gallery is thrilled to present them to the public in this unique exhibition.
Jesse Frohman’s insightful portrait of an idol transcends the nature of celebrity photography. The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying. Cobain appears as a goofily provocative iconoclast, with his vintage air force cap, Jackie O. sunglasses and leopard jacket, while revealing a more depressing side of the life of a great artist dependent on drugs. Like Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain died both at an early age and at the pinnacle of his career. These photographs, captured near the time of his death, provide a fascinating insight into the end of the life of a rock star.
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Frohman first picked up a camera while earning a degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. When he returned to New York, he possessed no formal training or experience but he had a portfolio of platinum prints. This caught the interest of legendary photographer Irving Penn, who hired him as his first assistant. Frohman took the techniques and aesthetics he learned from Penn and added his own sensibilities of strength, dignity and quiet energy. These qualities are evident in his portraits as well as his still lifes.
Frohman has photographed countless celebrities and artists (James Brown, Woody Allen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Philip Johnson, John Updike, The Strokes, Josh Brolin, among others). In addition to his work for magazines (Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, V Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Interview, Rolling Stone and Spin), advertising and recording companies, he has been commissioned to create two award-winning books. Jesse Frohman’s work also appears in many private collections.
Peter Blachley, co-owner of the Morrison Hotel® Gallery says of the exhibit, “There were many great photographs taken of Kurt Cobain, but we felt the rarity of this particular session and Jesse’s story would make a wonderful show and a very collectible exhibition for our customers.”