Bert Stern  (American, 1929-2013) 

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Bert Stern (American, 1929–2013) was considered to be one of the most important photographers of fashion and celebrities. Working as a messenger and mail clerk at Look magazine in 1947, Stern studied art books at the library, and visited the Museum of Modern Art. When he was drafted during the Korean War, Stern photographed the troops'' ships heading to Japan. Upon his return to the United States, Stern explored advertising photography, and achieved success with his work for Smirnoff Vodka, including one of his most famous images: A Giza pyramid reflected upside down in a martini glass.

Stern went on to photograph for Vogue, and married dancer Allegra Kent. His best-known work may be The Last Sitting, a collection of 2,500 photographs of Marilyn Monroe, shot over three days—just six weeks before she died—and published in Vogue. He also directed the documentary film Jazz on a Summer´s Day, in addition to creating the still photography for Stanley Kubrick’s film version of Lolita. He photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and Drew Barrymore, among others, in addition to his work for advertising and travel publications. Stern''s photography has been exhibited all over the world, including Tokyo, London, and New York. Notable exhibitions of his work include I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe, shown at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, and in 2006, The Last Sitting opened at the small Musée Maillol in Paris.

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe with Rhinestones

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe with Rhinestones
1962

Puccio Fine Art
Bert Stern, Marilyn (The Last Sitting)

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn (The Last Sitting)
1962

Michael Lisi Fine Art
Bert Stern, Untitled

 

Bert Stern
Untitled
Peach Editions
Bert Stern, The Lost Sitting: Marilyn Monroe Nude with Scarf

 

Bert Stern
The Lost Sitting: Marilyn Monroe Nude with Scarf
1962

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Bert Stern, The Lost Sitting: Marilyn Monroe with Chenile Scarf

 

Bert Stern
The Lost Sitting: Marilyn Monroe with Chenile Scarf
1962

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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe Rhinestone Kiss

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe Rhinestone Kiss
1962

Puccio Fine Art
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe: from the Last Sitting

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe: from the Last Sitting
1962

Staley-Wise Gallery
Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe, from The Last Sitting (Yellow Roses)

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe, from The Last Sitting (Yellow Roses)
Staley-Wise Gallery
Bert Stern, Sue Lyons as “Lolita”

 

Bert Stern
Sue Lyons as “Lolita”
1962

Staley-Wise Gallery
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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe laughing in famous black Dior-dress (from The Last Sitting)

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe laughing in famous black Dior-dress (from The Last Sitting), 1962
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Bert Stern, Marilyn Monroe - Crucifix II (from The Last Sitting)

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn Monroe - Crucifix II (from The Last Sitting), 1962
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Bert Stern, Marilyn in backless black dress / The Last Sitting

 

Bert Stern
Marilyn in backless black dress / The Last Sitting, 1962
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1929   Born: in Brooklyn, NY
1946 - 1948   Assistant to Hershel Bramson, the art director for Look magazine
1949 - 1951   Art director for Mayfair magazine
1954   Editor for Fashion and Travel magazine
1954   Opened his first studio in New York
1971 - 1975   Lived in Spain
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2010   Bert Stern and I, Chady Art Gallery, Miami, FL
2007   Stern in Stern, Staley - Wise, New York City, NY
Iknonen der Leinwand, Ernst Barlach Museum, Wedel, Germany
2006   "Der Pirelli-Kalender: Provokation und Mythos," Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
"I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe," Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
2005   "I Wanna Be Loved By You: Photographs of Marilyn Monroe," Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
"Superstars: Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis Madonna," Kunsthalle Wien (Halle 1, Halle 2), Vienna, Austria
2004   "Das Wunder Mensch/Parameter of Life," Museum Moderner Kunst-Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, Germany
"Marilyn: From Anastasi to Weegee," Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2002   "Buds, Blooms & Blossoms," Staley • Wise, New York, NY
"Bert Stern-Marilyn Monroe-The Last Sitting," Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany
"Marylin Marylin," LEVY, Hamburg, Germany
2001   "Marilyn Monroe: The last Sitting. Fotos von Bert Stern," Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
2000   "Marilyn Monroe: 36 Fotografien," Thomas Ladengalerie, Munich, Germany
1999   "Bert Stern-Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting," Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany