January 16, 2011 |
In the public eye, they lived a fantasy that mere mortals could only dream of. But between the ellipses of Rat Pack lore existed a carnival of leisure, stress, politics, starlets, heartache and happiness. For decades, some of the only photographic evidence was stashed in a cardboard box labeled "Do Not Print. " That is, until now. "The Rat Pack," a limited-edition volume by Reel Art Press, is a sprawling compilation of visual footnotes in the everyday world of Frank Sinatra and his band of brothers.
April 27, 1991 |
Most anyone today who takes a look at Frank Powolny's famous pinup shot of Betty Grable or Edward Steichen's shot of a veiled Gloria Swanson would recognize them as classic photographs that captured both a star and an era. But while treasured now among historians and collectors, such images were considered no more important when they were shot in the 1920s, '30s, '40s and '50s than the press releases that accompanied them. Their sole purpose was to sell the stars and their latest films.
December 19, 1996 |
Even those who pretend to be indifferent to the glitz of show biz can't help but be a bit dazzled by Hollywood lore, especially when it peels back the artifice and reveals the humanity. Who, for example, can remain blase in the presence of a photograph of a pants-less Paul Newman, pouring his morning coffee on a '50s movie set?
February 28, 2002
* Palm Springs Desert Museum (101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs,  325-7186). Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. "On and Off the Set: Photographs by Sid Avery" features celebrity photos by Avery including Marlon Brando, above, enjoying toast and coffee in his Beverly Glen home in 1955, James Dean, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve McQueen and others. Through March 3. $3.50-$7.50.
March 30, 1990
Two film-related collections have been donated to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. British director, producer and screenwriter Bryan Forbes donated copies of his published works and scripts, photographs and correspondence from "The Angry Silence," "Whistle Down the Wind," "The Wrong Box," "Seance on a Wet Afternoon," "The L-Shaped Room" and "King Rat," among other items.
November 8, 1997
Works offered by auction by top photographers, including Sid Avery, Greg Gorman, Mary Ellen Mark, Annie Liebovitz, Sebastiao Salgado, Alfred Steiglitz and William Wegman, can be previewed through Wednesday (10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) at the G. Ray Hawkins Gallery in Santa Monica, 910 Colorado Ave. Both live and silent auctions of the works will be held Thursday from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Directors Guild in Hollywood, 7920 Sunset Blvd.