Before attending the Royal College of Art in London, Peter Phillips (b. 1939) studied graphic design and technical draftsmanship. He applied his skills to establish a style marked by the juxtaposition of images, like the Pinup Model and Car Part in Custom Print I (1965), which were sourced from magazines and other mass media in montage-like compositions. The title of this print — the first in a series three — refers to custom auto-body shops where a polished enamel sheen is appleid to cars. Phillips worked with Chiron Press, a screenprinting studio that produced posters and greeting cards. The press encouraged him experiment with nontraditional materials such as silver foil and glossy inks, which complement the artist’s brash and vibrant style.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Series By Tom Kelley, 1949 (All Post Photos By Gail)
There would probably be little argument that Marilyn Monroe is the most legendary and iconic Hollywood Movie Star to have ever lived. Countless contemporary artists — from Andy Warhol to Ron English, Ad Infinitum — have captured and re-appropriated her likeness into their own works, and her image still turns heads wherever it appears. While she did not have a long life, she certainly has achieved immortality in a sense. Limited Runs, a company that specializes in Classic Hollywood and other Fine Art Photography has just released the Marilyn Monroe Red Velvet Collection, which features her famous nude shots circa 1949 that originally appeared on promotional calendars. Now you can all own prints of these gorgeous photographs that were at one time so controversial, they had to be “dressed” in superimposed lingerie in order to be sent through the mail.
Above is an example one of these calendars, where Monroe’s breasts have been blocked out to avoid being labeled as pornography — pretty hilarious when you consider the types of fashion photography and figure modeling that has become acceptable, and even mainstream, in the past 70 or so years. One of the Red Velvet poses made her the first Playboy Sweetheart — the prototype for the centerfold-featured Playmates who would follow in years to come.
I had the chance to see this series in person at a reception held by the 360 Design Gallery in Tribeca, where they were on view for only two days as part of a 2015 Summer Tour, which traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and finally New York. It’s easy to forget how stunning and arguably perfect-looking Monroe was a until you see photos like this and remember that she was really and truly an original.
The series is also features a number of candid shots of Monroe, such as these captured in 1954 by photographer Gene Lester while she was on a cigarette break during filming of one of her movies.
This one, which captures multiple reflections, is really fantastic.
Marilyn Monroe, Birthday Cake, 1960 (Photographer Unknown)
This one is also amazing.
Here she is with co-star Jane Russell and Director Howard Hawks during the filming of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953.
Fans of this blog should be familiar with hearing me babble on and on in glowing terms about my friend Geoffrey who, in addition to being my BFF, writes the popular music and art blog, According 2 G Dot Com , and who quite frequently contributes his excellent photos to my posts. Yay G! Well, here is some exciting news, Geoffrey recently entered a contest over at another awesome blog, not coincidentally run by a dear friend of mine, Frank; OMG Blog Dot Com. OMG is one of the most popular Music /Pop Culture /Gay Lifestyle blogs on the Internet, and they’ve recently launched a spinoff site – a sort of Gay FaceBook if you will – called OMG Social Club Dot Com, which looks totally rad. If I were a gay man I would be all over it.
Anyway, to help OMG promote their new site, they have launched an ongoing, monthly Cover Boy Contest to be the face of OMG Social Club, and Geoffrey is this month’s winner! Congratulations again, Geoffrey!
Fans of the Living Dead and Cheescake Centerfolds will die to own this 2009 Zombie Chicks Pin Up Calendar that I just found Geekologie Dot Com. According to My Zombie Pin Up, “This 13 month calendar is stuffed with more dead sexy girls than you can fit in a shallow grave. We dug up the idea of the vintage 1950’s pin-up and hit it over the head with a shovel. Let yourself get infected by these bloody gore-gous women who are just dying to get under your skin.” Excellent! I already know one Zombie-loving horror film fan that I can cross off my Holiday shopping list.