Tuesday 29 Jul
 
 
 photo BO-Button1_zps13524083.jpg

 

OKG Newsletter


Home / Events / Visual Arts / Beauty and Celebrity

Beauty and Celebrity

None
Wednesday June 26

Herb Ritts: Beauty and Celebrity will be on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art from May 9 through July 28, 2013. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with the support of the Herb Ritts Foundation and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, this exhibition will feature over eighty large-scale black-and-white photographs by acclaimed photographer, Herb Ritts (American, 1952-2002). Ranging in scale from intimate portraits to ten foot murals, the exhibition will highlight the diversity of the artist’s work. Known for his innovative approach to fashion, intimate portraiture of celebrities, and the classical treatment of the nude, Ritts emerged in the 1980s to become one of the most successful celebrity and fashion photographers of the late twentieth century and an important part of the history of American photography.

Herb Ritts grew up in Los Angeles and maintained his studio in Hollywood. A self-taught photographer, Ritts first began taking photographs in the late 1970s after studying economics at Bard College. The intimate publicity images that he made of Richard Gere were among his first serious portraits and helped to launch his career. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Ritts built his reputation as a leading celebrity portraitist and fashion photographer, contributing regularly to publications such as GQ, Mademoiselle, Vogue, andVanity Fair. From 1988, he also made music videos and commercials for which he won numerous awards.

The photographs included in the exhibition represent some of Herb Ritts’s most iconic works which incorporate the natural light of the California sun while emphasizing shapes, unusual juxtapositions, and the beauty of the human form. Ritts celebrates nature and the human body in evoking the tactile appeal of surface textures of grains of sand, veiled fabric, drying mud, and cascading water seen in Waterfall 4 (1988), Backflip (1987), andWoman in Sea (1988). Fashion photographs on view include such asVersace Veiled Dress, El Mirage (1990), Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood (1989), and Djimon with Octopus (1989). Examples of celebrity portraiture include Richard Gere, Jack Nicholson, Madonna, Elizabeth Taylor, Johnny Depp, Bruce Springsteen, Drew Barrymore, David Bowie, Matthew McConaughey, and Mick Jagger. Also included in the exhibition are poetic and eternal images in Ritts’s Africa series, taken in 1993 when he traveled to East Africa, and examples from the rare Corps et Ames (1999) series of photographs, portraying dancers in motion.

This exhibition – drawn from the photography collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Herb Ritts Foundation – present Herb Ritts’ style and the range of his career.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with the Herb Ritts Foundation and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.



Where: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Phone: 236-3100
Address: 415 Couch
Website: okcmoa.com
Other events in Visual Arts

Allan Houser at the Capitol: A Legacy in Bronze

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

A special exhibit on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol, Allan Houser at the Cap ...

Oklahoma State Capitol 2300 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City Web | Map

Amanda Cross Band

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Live singer/songwriter. ...
Blue Note Lounge 2408 N. Robinson Oklahoma City Web | Map

Animal Babies

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Learn about your favorite baby animals and the ways they survive in the wild. ...
noon-2 p.m.
Also At Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the opening venue for the national tour of "Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris." Ope ...

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Oklahoma City Web | Map

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the opening venue for the national tour of "Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris." Ope ...

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Oklahoma City Web | Map

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the opening venue for the national tour of "Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris." Ope ...

Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch Oklahoma City Web | Map
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
 
 
 
Close
Close
Close