Beverly Hills could turn into a pilgrimage site this June 1st, as the Andrew Weiss Gallery will launch a major exhibition of rare and never-before-seen original photographs of the legendary Marilyn Monroe. The opening day coincides with the birthday of Norma Jeane Mortenson. Titled “Happy Birthday Marilyn”, the exhibition will include photographs from the personal collection of George Barris, as well as photographs by Bill Carroll, Laszlo Willinger, Tom Kelley, Milton Greene, Bert Stern and many others.
The opening ceremony will be attended by George Barris, who had this to share about the photographs:
“Marilyn was much more than a photography subject, she was a friend. She had an inner light that comes through in her images, even many years later, and I am pleased to work with the Andrew Weiss Gallery to share my experience of Marilyn with her fans and the public.”
The exhibition will open to the public June 2nd and continue through August 13th. This is an opportunity for Marilyn enthusiasts, fans of the featured photographers and art collectors of all kinds to see a lot of these stunning, ground-breaking photographs for the first time. The address of the gallery is 179 S. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills 90212.
In other news, photographer Anton Fury discovered in the 1980s, at a garage sale, some never published photographs of the star and about 70 negatives of actress Jayne Mansfield. Some of these pictures were published today by CNN and can be seen here.