28/07/2011

Go And See Some Art, You Uncultured Bastard


While some only consider Tracey Emin's flea-infested bed or douchebag extraordinaire Damien Hirst's diamond skull as art, London's National Portrait Gallery always touches on the classic photography of Hollywood's golden age with an exhibition or two. Until October 23rd, Glamour of the Gods will be celebrating the imagery that turned actors into icons from 1920 to 1960 thanks to the John Kobal Foundation and over 70 original prints, most of which are being displayed for the first time.

Much more than just an adulating look at the likes of Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth et al, the exhibition (which has been curated by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art) instead focuses on the photographers hired by the various studio systems and their decisive role in creating Hollywood's most enduring and popular stars. I've seen the exhibition and it's great, so put down your Nintendo 64 controller or whatever you people play these days and go look at some of the purdy pictures.