11 April 2008
HERB RITTS (1952-2002)
Vladimir I, Hollywood, 1990
copyright blindstamp (in the margin); signed, titled, dated and numbered '12/25' in pencil (on the verso)
22½ x 17¾in. (57 x 45cm.)
With Fahey/Klein, Los Angeles;
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Ritts, Notorious, Bulfinch Press, 1992, n.p.; Herb Ritts, Herb Ritts: Work, Bulfinch Press, 1996, n.p.; Herb Ritts,, Fondaction Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, 1999, n.p.
Ritts fixated on Vladimir during his performance at Cirque du Soleil. Afterward Ritts approached him to make a photograph and so developed this compelling portrait of an Ukranian ex-coal miner.
"He has this whole creative side to him and is totally uninhibited, one of those great Russian performers...The session with him was something I had arranged. It wasn't about a magazine. It was thrilling. He has such a heart and such a presence." (Ritts, Notorious, Bulfinch, n.p.)
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