Marilyn Monroe Emerges From the Archives of Bert Stern

Exhibit honoring the late photographer's work runs through May 25.

Simply spectacular. The centerpiece of “From the Archive of Bert Stern,” a new exhibit at the Staley-Wise Gallery at 560 Broadway, are three dozen photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Many of the pictures have never before been publicly displayed.

A trio of snaps from the famous 1962 Vogue magazine shoot known as “The Last Sitting” have orange marks drawn across them, an indication that Monroe did not want them used. In all cases, Monroe was obviously completely at ease with the late Stern, who passed away in 2013.

The Staley-Wise Gallery first began working with Stern in 1982 and continues to be the exclusive dealer for his estate. Other photos in the exhibit, which runs through May 25, feature Marlon Brando, Kate Moss, Twiggy and Elizabeth Taylor.

The exhibit comes on the heels of recent feature documentary Bert Stern: The Original Mad Man. Vanity Fair called the film an ‘unflinching portrait of the first photographer superstar,’ while Seattle Times’ Moira Macdonald suggested that ‘If Don Draper had been a photographer… Well, he might have been a bit like Bert Stern.’ The documentary spawned a lawsuit last fall.

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