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In Memory Of:

BERT STERN

www.bertsternmadman.com

Since the late 1950's, formal, conceptual and intentional distinctions within the visual arts have changed dramatically and have challenged the very ways in which we understand art and the role of the visual artist.

These changes are due to the liberal re appraisals of accepted limits by artists during the 1960's, in part because of the extent to which all forms of visual media have influenced our perceptions, and in large part the result of "post modernist" theory in reevaluating the nature and significance of the work of art. It is no longer clear just where lines can be drawn and just how this has evolved.

The photography of Bert stern is central to that juncture in modern art history in which the traditions of the contemporary commercial photographer began to combine with those of the fine arts.

In his celebrity and glamour photography, his epic "Last Sitting" of Marilyn Monroe, his experimental printing techniques, his film making, as well as his pioneering advertising work, Sterns imagery symbolizes the dynamic era of photography made publicly famous in the motion picture BLOW-UP (in fact, along with the British photographer David Bailey are most cited as the inspiration for the films protagonist). Further more, Sterns work of the 1950's and the 1960's as a complete merging of the public and private image and of the corporate and personal demands on the modern artist - a merging that continues to command his vision today.

At present a film documentary is being made at about his life's work. He continues to shoot regularly for French Vogue, New York Magazine amongst other editorials as well continuing with advertising projects globally.

 

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