Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mae West: Angus McBean

MAE WEST posed for Angus McBean and those portraits will be displayed next month in the United Kingdom.
• • Writing for London's paper The Sunday Times five years ago, Joanna Pitman remarked: One talismanic figure throughout his career was Mae West, who first visited McBean’s London studio in 1948 after a performance of her show Diamond Lil. It is lovely to see the model that McBean made of West, a bizarre stick-like creature, its arms and legs operated by long sticks like Malaysian puppets. West was amazed by the doll when she saw it and McBean was able to demonstrate that it could, like its progenitor, pat its hair and put its hand on its swinging hip. ...
• • Word comes that the National Museum Wales will host a series of events, exhibitions, and activities to celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2011.
• • Moreover at National Museum Cardiff, "People, Personalities and Power: Faces from Wales" is a display of Welsh portraits from the museum’s collection, assembled to celebrate LGBT History Month, that will be on view until Sunday, 8 May 2011.
• • Recently acquired pictures by Angus McBean will be displayed, including a surreal self-portrait by McBean and a pair of portraits of legendary Welsh actor and playwright Emlyn Williams. Angus McBean’s biographer and close friend, Adrian Woodhouse, will talk about McBean’s work on Friday, 11 February 2011.
• • Adrian Woodhouse will explain how McBean’s sexual orientation influenced his photography, for instance, his astonishing images of famous women and beautiful men. Woodhouse will focus particularly on McBean's notable images of screen stars like Mae West, Audrey and Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shirley Bassey along with silver gelatin prints of ravishing males in their prime — — Howard Keel and Laurence Olivier and others.
• • Born in London, Angus McBean [8 June 1904 — 9 June 1990] was a Welsh photographer associated with surrealism.
• • WHERE: National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP; Tel: (029) 2039 7951
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1948 • •
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