Monday, May 11, 2015

Mae West: Marlene Dumas

MAE WEST is one of the idols of the formidable painter Marlene Dumas, 61, whose muses also include Simone de Beauvoir and Dolly Parton.  Ms. Dumas hails from Cape Town, South Africa, where she was born on 3 August 1953.
• • The Tate's curator wrote:  Discovering the work of the French philosopher as a student, Marlene Dumas began incorporating de Beauvoir’s theories into her work, looking at perceptions of gender and sexuality.  The artist also used Mae West and Dolly Parton to question society’s treatment of women, and considered herself to share more than a passing resemblance to the stars.
• • The retrospective exhibition "Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden" was on view at England's Tate Modern (in the Bankside section of London) until Sunday, 10 May 2015. 
• • On Saturday, 11 May 1935 • •
• • Movie critic Andre Sennwald offered his review of "Goin' to Town," starring Mae West, to the readers of The New York Times on page 21 on Saturday, 11 May 1935.
• • On Friday, 10 May 1935, this new motion picture opened in Mae's hometown at the New York Paramount. 
• • "Goin' to Town" souvenir • •
• • There were many promotional items offered anytime a Mae West motion picture was released. Here is a cigarette case with the "Goin' to Town" logo on it, produced in 1935. The newspaper reporters and theatre managers would receive certain items; there were also specialty goodies for the fan club members.
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West bought a casket’s worth of Beaux-Art jewels and transformed herself into a real Diamond Lil.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:  "I'd never hesitate to admit I had a husband if I had one, but I haven't."   
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • The Los Angeies Times mentioned Mae West and James Timony.
• • On Thursday, 3 May 1934, the headline "Mae West Scouts Talk of Rift" appeared in The Los Angeles Times. The article quotes Mae West's denial of a rift between herself and Jim Timony. The actress emphasized that they were not sweethearts, but he's still her business manager.
• • Source: News from The Los Angeles Times; published on Thursday, 3 May 1934
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 10th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during this past decade. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,100 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3175th 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.

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• • Mae West • cigarette case from 1935

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