LIFE AS A LEGEND: MARILYN MONROE selected articles, statements and reviews
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Exhibition shown at
Boca Raton Museum of Art
501 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432

by Wendy M. Blazier, Senior Curator, Boca Raton Musuem of Art


#344 "Marilyn -- Green Dress"
Mixed media assemblage
18" x 13" x 3"
Marilyn Monroe's life as a legend is the subject of these mixed-media assemblages by New York artist Reginald Case. In each artwork, familiar Marilyn images have been transformed into iconic tributes in which Marilyn's manufactured persona -- seductive, celebratory, confident, introspective and innocent -- is frozen for posterity in bejeweled opulence. Yet the glitter and glamour of these Marilyn tributes originates not from diamonds and precious jewels, but from tinsel and rhinestones and faux pearls. Is our culture's Marilyn adoration fueled by artifice or authenticity?

American artist Reginald Case (born in Watertown, NY 1937-) has exhibited his work throughout the United States and in Japan. His work is represented in public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, The Jewish Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He and his artist wife Bonnie Case, a well known Fashion Designer, Fabric Artist, and Painter, currently live in Miami Beach.

From fashion photography to Pop Art, Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe captures the spark, sex appeal, and sensation that was Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962), one of the world's most famous and intriguing women. Life as a Legend celebrates the many sides of this 1950's glamour goddess and immortal legend through 300 works by more than 80 artists including Eve Arnold, Richard Avedon, Bernard of Holloywood, Peter Blake, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene, Ernst Haas, Tom Kelly, Douglas Kirkland, Christopher Makos, Yasumasa Morimura, Mel Ramos, Mimmo Rotella, Sam Shaw, Bert Stern and Andy Warhol.

For decades, artists have been inspired by Marilyn to create their own works, ranging from the introspective lenses of numerous photographers to the interpretations of international avant garde artists. This vivid and diverse exhibition documents the iconic life of America's favorite sex symbol, through a visual voyage of Monroe's rise to stardom, her entree into Hollywood, pensive behind the scenes shots during her classic films, and her much publicized private life. Life as a Legend reveals the truth in Marilyn's conviction that "Real beauty and feminity are ageless and can't be contrived. Glamour can be manufactured."
#328 "First Version X and Flowers"
Mixed media assemblage
19" x 13" x 5"
Organized by Artoma in Hamburg, Germany, and circulated by International Art and Artists, Washington D.C.

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