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Wall Street Journal Review: Fame at Throckmorton Fine Art

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013

Through September 14, 2013


Through over 40 vintage prints Throckmorton Fine Art explores the theme, Fame. These portraits span time and reach as far back as 1858 with a Matthew Brady image of Abraham Lincoln and as far forward as a Nicholas Vreeland print of His Holiness the Dalai Lama taken in 2009. Celebrity is something that contemporary culture celebrates with abandon, and photography has played a leading role in the creation of image and solidification of icon. This said, what is perhaps most interesting about this show is that Throckmorton has made an effort to select works that are not well known, and even a few that have never before been printed or publicly shown, so while we do know the subjects we may not have this image of them burned into our memory- yet.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Throckmorton Fine Art

Wall Street Journal Review:

by William Meyers

Movie stars—Grace Kelly, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall—make up more than a quarter of the 42 famous people pictured at Throckmorton. There are artists aplenty: Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O'Keeffe, the deKoonings. Also musicians, a cook—Julia Child—and some political figures.

The range of accomplishment goes from Abraham Lincoln, who saved the Union and freed the slaves, in an 1858 portrait by Mathew Brady, to Jim Morrison of the Doors, who styled himself the "King of Orgasmic Rock," shown making love to a microphone in a picture by Chuck Boyd from the 1970s.

It is difficult—no, impossible—to consider these images without being affected by what you think of the subjects. So Margaret Bourke White's perfectly adequate 1946 picture of Gandhi and his spinning wheel brings to mind Nirad C. Chaudhuri's firsthand reminiscences of the much revered humbug in "The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian."


Philippe Halsman's "Duke and Duchess of Windsor" (1930s) reminds me of a similar portrait of themselves that the couple autographed and sent to my ophthalmologist in lieu of paying their bill.

The print of "Che Guevara, Guerrillero Heroico" (1960s) is "signed in ink on recto" by Alberto Korda, but the picture may in fact have been taken by Juan Vivès, an operative of the Dirección General de Inteligencia, the Cuban state-intelligence agency, who defected in 1979. Yousuf Karsh's "Winston Churchill" (1941) is a great portrait of a great man, showing what both capable photographers and inspired leaders can do.

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