Herb Ritts - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, October 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Exhibited

    Photographs from Private Twin Cities Collections, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 13 May- 9 July 1989

  • Literature

    Bulfinch Press, Herb Ritts: Work, n.p.; Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Herb Ritts, n.p.; Fotografie, Herb Ritts, n.p.; Twin Palms Publishers, Herb Ritts: Pictures, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Another print of this image is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    True Blue: The album cover, shot by photographer Herb Ritts, is one of Madonna’s most recognizable pictures. The LP and CD album cover is actually a cropped image of a longer picture including torso, more of which is seen in the cover of the cassette tape edition, and was also included as a fold-out poster in the initial pressings of the LP.
    Paul Tomlinson’s interest in fashion photography was triggered by his tenure as marketing director for an emerging fashion specialty chain in the late 1970s. Quickly thereafter, upon recognizing the relatively undiscovered talent of the leading photographers with whom he was privileged to collaborate, as well as the ample opportunities presented by the then-budding market for fashion photography, Mr. Tomlinson began amassing a collection that was as informed by guidance from fellow collectors, dealers and curators, as much as an unwavering trust of his own impeccable eye. With Herb Ritt’s Madonna, Hollywood, 1986, as one of the first seeds, Mr. Tomlinson’s collection gradually blossomed into a comprehensive repertoire, featuring works by photographers who, over the years, had come to form the pantheon of fashion photography, including Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, and Albert Watson. The collection’s impact was further reinforced by the artistic dialogue between works by the aforementioned photographers and those of non-fashion subject matter, such as Lynn Davis’s hauntingly beautiful icescapes. Citing “strength of imagery” and “distinctiveness” as deciding factors in his final selections, Mr. Tomlinson’s collection is one that has gracefully eschewed fads and trends in favor of a timeless style.



Madonna (True Blue), Hollywood

Gelatin silver print.
22 5/8 x 18 3/8 in. (57.5 x 46.7 cm).
Blindstamp credit in the margin; signed, titled, dated and numbered 11/25 in pencil on the verso.

$10,000 - 15,000 


8 October 2010
New York