Saturday, February 09, 2013

Mae West: Suite in Maryland

The MAE WEST Suite was painted in 1969 by Raoul Middleman. You can see this work during a retrospective at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD until 23 March 2013.
• • Journalist Baynard Woods wrote: If you’ve been around Baltimore’s art scene at all, you probably know Raoul Middleman’s oil paintings: industrial Baltimore landscapes, wry self-portraits, historical scenes, and fleshy women among them. This last topic finds full expression in his intensely lively graphic works on display at C. Grimaldis Gallery.
• • The Mae West Suite: Graphic Work • •
• • Baynard Woods explained: The Mae West Suite: Graphic Work by Raoul Middleman takes its name from a series of lithographs from 1969. Originally intended as illustrations for Jonathan Williams’ collection of poems, The Apocryphal, Oracular Yeah-sayings of Mae West, they served as one of the first instances of Middleman’s move away from his early work as something of a pop artist, creating a fleshy substantiality in the austere space between the white lines.
• • Baynard Woods continued: Born in Baltimore in 1935, Middleman was still a young man when he produced the original Mae West lithographs, and so it is somewhat surprising to see how much more vigorous the “Untitled” series of monoprints from this year are.  ...
• • Source: Article: "Raoul Middleman’s bold new work recalls a long-gone era" written by Baynard Woods for City Paper (Baltimore); published on Wednesday, 6 February 2013.
• • On Wednesday, 9 February 1927 in Variety • •
• • On Wednesday, 9 February 1927, Variety mentioned that Beverly West had been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• • The drunken brawl at the Arcade Hotel in Edward Elsner's suite is dramatized in the stage play "Courting Mae West" in Act I, Scene 2. An audience favorite, the serious-minded comedy based on true events was featured last year in Australia's Midsumma Festival on 28 January 2012.
• • On Wednesday, 9 February 1927 in Manhattan • •
• • Headlines and headaches were in store for Mae West in 1927. On Wednesday, 9 February 1927, the first police raid of Mae West's play "Sex" led to an expensive trial, box office losses, and jail time for the actress and others.
• • On Thursday, 9 February 1933 • •
• • According to a source that tracks box office figures for motion pictures, "She Done Him Wrong," a 66-minute hit starring Mae West, had brought in $2,000,000 worldwide by Thursday, 9 February 1933.
• • On Friday, 9 February 1940 • •
• • The American premiere of "My Little Chickadee" was on Friday, 9 February 1940. The Western-style comedy went into general release on 15 March 1940 in the USA.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said: "Doing 'The Heat's On' was a mistake."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • In 1933, Motion Picture Daily mentioned Mae West.
• • Motion Picture Daily's editors wrote: Mae West okaying a story written by one of her henchmen in which she is quoted as saying something to the effect that she wouldn't advise anyone to act like Mae West or — — Abraham Lincoln! Well, they've both been Great Emancipators! ...The sentence, "Come up 'n' see me sometime" — — it's driving the whole world mad. ...
• • Source: News Item in Motion Picture Daily; published in 1933
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started eight years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 2572nd blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

• • Come up and see Mae every day online: http://MaeWest.blogspot.com/
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