Marilyn in the news

Monday, October 18, 2010

Life as a Legend Exhibit at Warhol Museum

If anyone is in the Pittsburg area be sure to check out the Life as a Legend exhibit at the Warhol Museum.  This is the traveling art exhibit that features works of art inspired by Marilyn and vintage photographs of her.  It runs from Oct 23, 2010 - Jan 2, 2010.

The Museum is also showing 7 of her films!!!

November 12 - Don't Bother to Knock and Niagara

November 19 - River of No Return

December 3 - How to Marry a Millionaire and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

December 10 - Some Like it Hot

December 17 - The Misfits

They are having a 24 hour opening celebration starting October 23 - DJ playing Marilyn songs, film trivia and look alike contest included.

For more info

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Marilyn Podcast Episode #59

Yeah, I know.  Hard to believe that I recorded a new show :)
  • Voice mail from Casey and Dan
  • Fragments
  • Warhol Museum hosting Life as a Legend
  • My Week with Marilyn Rant
  • My Wedding

Instead of subscribing you can download the episode directly at MP3 

For more information about the podcast CLICK HERE

Feel free to leave comments about the episode below.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Marilyn Jack-O-Lantern

It is that time of year again.....when the ghosts and goblins run the streets.  For those thinking about trying a Marilyn pumpkin this year, I have included some designs you can follow below.  Or even better try making up your own!

Pernille Pejda from Denmark sent me a photo of her pumpkin.  Great job!

Here are some designs you can print out and use.  If anyone else does a Marilyn pumpkin - feel free to send me a photo of it to post here.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Artistic prodigy inspired by Marilyn

I was absolutely floored when I saw the "Barbie Marilyn" painting by this amazing young girl.  Just had to share this story...

When Autumn de Forest was 4 years old, she brought home an art project from preschool: a watercolor she called “Elephant.” Her depiction of the animal was abstract, with pronounced brushstrokes that her parents found very deliberate and startlingly artistic.

Over the next several months, Autumn created more art, much of it remarkable, and all of it suggesting a strange and precocious talent for shapes, colors and patterns. “At first we did think it was a fluke,” said Autumn’s mother, Katherine, who appeared on TODAY Thursday with her daughter.
“We were scratching our head and thought it was an anomaly and interesting,” she told Matt Lauer.
Still, she carefully preserved her daughter’s work because “I just thought it would be really fun for her to have these paintings when she grew up — not to put art on our walls.”
The masterpiece moment came about a year later at the family’s Las Vegas home, when Autumn was 5. One day she walked into the garage where her father was working and asked if she could paint something for fun. He gave her a paintbrush — the kind for painting houses —some stain and a piece of plywood.
“I turned away,” said Doug de Forest, “and what seemed like a few moments later I turned back, and I swear to you it was as if [abstract expressionist painter] Mark Rothko had done some kind of mid-century masterpiece. Certainly it was simple and abstract, but profound in its simplicity. It was just kind of a wonderful moment.”
Wider canvases
“Elephant,” it turned out, was not a fluke. Autumn’s parents bought her museum-quality paints and canvases “to see what would happen,” Doug said, “and in very short order a prolific kind of blossoming happened, and the canvases started getting bigger and bigger.”
In fact, Autumn’s canvases are now so large — typically 4 by 6 feet — that she has to paint them on the floor. Doug built her a sort of wooden bridge so she can sit on it and paint the middle of the canvas. (Autumn is slightly taller than 4-foot-2 and weighs slightly less than 50 pounds.)
“I do it every day,” Autumn said about painting. “I try to do as much as I can ... I do my best.”
In about one year’s time, Autumn de Forest, who turns 9 this month, has become one of the art world’s youngest and biggest stars. Prolific and versatile, she has produced a range of work representing multiple styles: abstract impressionism, surrealism and pop art. Her paintings bring to mind the work of masters like Picasso, Warhol, Dali and Matisse.
And it sells.
This year, Autumn has sold dozens of her paintings at auction for a total of about $250,000. The highest price paid for her work is $25,000, for the painting “People Are Strange,” inspired by The Doors song of the same name.
The next auction for Autumn’s work will be held online Oct. 14. The de Forest family hired art promoter Ben Valenty to handle sales of Autumn’s art.
Valenty, based in Orange County, Calif., has acted as an agent for several other child painters such as the Romanian-born prodigy Alexandra Nechita (whom he met 15 years ago), and is largely responsible for creating the market for child artists in the art world. His relationships with some of his clients have been contentious — a few have sued him over earnings — but the de Forests trust him.

“I was skeptical at first,” Doug said, “but he does exactly what he says he is going to do.” And so far, Valenty’s efforts have resulted in financial rewards that would be the envy of any artist — let alone one whose work was not seen in public until spring 2009.
No lessons.

Autumn has never taken formal instruction, although her parents believe she would benefit from it and would like her to start. So far, her work is the result of pure intuition, imagination and inspiration. She painted “The Messenger,” depicting a fetus attached to its umbilical cord, after going to an exhibition with her mother at age 5 and becoming fascinated with a display of a pregnant woman.
Neither of her parents is a visual artist; Doug is a musician, Katherine an actress. There are, however, several accomplished and collected painters in Doug’s family: Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), George de Forest (1855-1941) and Roy de Forest (1930-2007), who was part of California’s “funk art” movement.
“We’re not claiming what Autumn has done is due to some mind-blowing talent,” Doug said. “It’s an issue of access or exposure. If you put 5-year-olds in front of an 80-piece orchestra and put a baton in their hands and exposed them to that to their heart’s content, by the time they were 10, you might have a prodigy. That is a question we discuss on a daily basis. It’s a question that transcends Autumn.”
Pets, dolls and old TV
Away from paint and canvas, Autumn seems a very typical child. She is outgoing, talkative and patient, drawing in a sketchbook while her parents gave a long interview. She drew “a jet, a cat, a train, a Haiti person looking at me … I drew swans and I also drew a little boat.”
Like most girls her age, she loves animals — especially her poodle, Ginger (“Her fur is just like ginger,” she says) — and her Barbie dolls. They were part of the inspiration for her painting “Barbie Marilyn,” which sold for about $15,000 at auction. The other inspiration was artist Andy Warhol.
“He did a Marilyn Monroe,” Autumn told Matt Lauer. “Maybe it wasn’t a Barbie, but it was Marilyn Monroe. The real reason why I think he painted her is because at that time she was the best example of a sexy one.”
She has an unusual penchant for old TV shows (“I Love Lucy”), old movies (“High Society”) and old music (Frank Sinatra).
She attends third grade — “I can’t wait for school to end because I want to paint,” she said — and loves science and reading. One of her favorite authors is Judy Blume. She said she is “not a real Harry Potter girl.” Instead she says she reads a lot of “girl books” and the Bible.
“I’m not an artsy-fartsy girl when I’m at school,” Autumn said. “I talk about regular girl stuff, what’s happening at school, who is whose friend. At recess, I’m a matchmaker. Let’s say a girl and girl start off friends and three weeks later they break up for some reason. I get them both together and I try to explain people’s problems with each other, and I try to ask them, ‘Can you try to work on them and make that part better?’ ”
But Autumn is also aware of what sets her apart. She knows grown-ups are paying large amounts of money for her paintings, which the family is saving for college. “I love my paintings, but I’m not the bragger of my paintings,” she said. “If someone is going to pay a huge amount of money to buy my painting and if they know I’m going to spend it to buy a bunch of Barbie dolls, they know you’re going to waste your money on something not important. But people know the money is going into my education, maybe even art school.”
Doug, 46, and Katherine, 50, have been tempered against the criticism they sometimes read on the Internet, some of it posted as comments on stories about Autumn. Some of the criticism questions her parents’ intentions; some of it devalues the quality or integrity of her art.
“If I ever see harm coming to her either from herself or the outside world,” Katherine said, “I would pull her back. Right now it’s one day at a time.
“There’s no question if you wanted to criticize her work you can tear it up one side and down the other. We are not trying to prove she is a genius or a prodigy. She’s a little girl who is exploring and experimenting, who has a lot to learn and a lot to give, and either you like it or you don’t. It is an incredible package, but it’s not perfect.”
-Courtesy of MSNBC

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Just wishing my fellow Canadians a wonderful holiday weekend.  May you have lots to be thankful for and I hope you have a great time with your families.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Marilyn on Cover of Vanity Fair

We can look forward to a beautiful cover of Marilyn on the November issue of Vanity Fair.  The story focuses on the upcoming book Fragments which showcases personal papers, poems, diaries, etc that were left to Marilyn's estate.

You can read the article HERE .

This is a very exciting time for Marilyn fans with so many highly anticipated books coming out.  I am personally dying to get a copy of Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe. Apparently, not only does it give you the actual document in Marilyn's handwriting but then it also translates it all into readable text.

You can purchase your copy of this book through amazon below.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

3 Tattoos Added

Thanks to Kristin, Brianna and Lisa for sending in their wonderful Marilyn tattoos to be displayed on the site HERE.