|© Herb Ritts Foundation. Man with Chain, Los Angeles, 1985. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011.19.11|
Herb Ritts was considered one of the most important photographers to emerge during the 1980s. He had a distinctive sense of style, and the visual dexterity to stand out for both his personal work (which helped revive the genre of male nudes) and the fashion and portraiture of his commercial photography. From the late 1970s until his death in 2002, Ritts’s ability to bridge the gap between art and commerce was not only a testament to his imagination and technical skill, but also reflected the blending of art, popular culture, and business that followed the Pop Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Herb Ritts: L.A. Style (Getty Publications, April 2012) traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through his renowned images, as well as some of his unpublished work. An exhibition will be on view at the Getty Center from April 3 through August 12, 2012; at the Cincinnati Art Museum from October 6 through December 30, 2012; and at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, from February 23 through May 19, 2013.
© Herb Ritts Foundation. Wrapped Torso, Los Angeles, 1989. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2011.19.12.