Rare and well-known Marilyn Monroe photos on display

Marilyn Monroe, photographed by George Barris

By Sabina Mollot

Three years ago, an exhibition of photos of Marilyn Monroe was held at the art gallery Pop International and, unsurprisingly, was a big success, proving the blonde bombshell’s still got it even as she would have turned 89.

On June 21, that same gallery, owned by Stuyvesant Town residents Jeff Jaffe and his wife Nanette Ross, will once again be celebrating the Hollywood icon with the exhibition “Happy 92nd Birthday, Marilyn!”

“People just love her,” said Jaffe. “Because she was so beautiful, because of her tragic life and because she sustained something no one else has, that kind of fame, I don’t know that anyone else on the planet was like Marilyn Monroe.”

In 2015, buyers who swarmed the show were a mix of vintage photography collectors as well as die-hard Marilyn fans.

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Stuyvesant Town residents’ gallery to show the secret art of Dr. Seuss

“Unorthodox taxidermy” sculpture by Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (Photos courtesy of Pop International Galleries)

“Unorthodox taxidermy” sculpture by Theodor Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss (Photos courtesy of Pop International Galleries)

By Sabina Mollot

Get ready for Dr. Seuss’s dark side.

Pop International Galleries, an art gallery owned by a Stuyvesant Town couple, will be holding an exhibition featuring taxidermy-esque sculptures and prints of oil paintings that were made by the artist best known for his whimsical children’s books.

But when Dr. Seuss wasn’t illustrating and writing books like The Cat in the Hat and Hop on Pop, he was working on paintings he referred to as his “secret art” or “midnight art” and the sculptures, which he called his “unorthodox taxidermy,” were a passion of his, early in his career.

This is actually the second time Pop International is showcasing the works of the late Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. However, unlike the previous show last year, this exhibition features mostly the little-known works. Last time, it was also a mix of sculptures and prints, but there were more prints, limited edition that is, of the more popular book illustrations.

“It’s more about the midnight art (this time),” said Jeff Jaffe, who owns the gallery with wife Nanette Ross. “The stuff he was doing after hours — it was political, a little darker and a little more naughty on some levels.”

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Stuyvesant Town resident’s gallery to showcase rare photos of Marilyn Monroe

This photo will be among 75 at a show at Pop International Galleries, opening June 17.

This photo will be among 75 at a show at Pop International Galleries, opening June 17. (All photos courtesy of Andrew Weiss and Pop International Galleries)

By Sabina Mollot

Pop International, the Stuyvesant Town resident-owned art gallery that recently showcased works of fine art by Dr. Seuss, is now gearing up for a big show paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

The exhibit, which opens on June 17 and will run through July 1, is expected to feature around 75 photos of the glamour icon, some famous images by well-known photographers, others rarely seen and only recently brought out of archives.

The show, curated by Andrew Weiss, will take place at Pop International’s SoHo location at 473 West Broadway. (The other gallery is located in midtown’s Citicorp building.)

Jeff Jaffe, who owns the gallery with his wife Nanette Ross, spoke to Town & Village this week about the collection, which is comprised of photos by seven photographers and taken over a period of 17 years.

“Andrew Weiss, who is a well-known gallerist on the West Coast, reached out to me through a mutual friend,” said Jaffe. “He asked would we like to do a big Marilyn show, and I said, ‘Is the Pope Catholic?’

“It’s definitely up our alley of pop culture figures,” he added.

Most of the images are from Weiss’s own collection, and he owns the rights to the majority of the negatives. Some of the photos are black and white while others are color and they vary in size from 8 by 10 inches to 30 by 40 inches. All are numbered editions and signed when possible. Prices range from $2,000-$40,000, and the show, “17 Years: Marilyn, the Making of a Legend” coincides with the release of Weiss’s book ($55) of the same name.

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