Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 25, 2015 by Robert J. Avrech 20 Comments “I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is a world of difference.”—Greta Garbo Mark Rothko, Orange and Yellow, 1956 oil on canvas, 91 x 71 inches. Tom Hunter, Women Reading, 1997. Johannes Vermeer, A Girl Reading a Letter by an Open Window. Francesca Woodman, Untitled, New York, 1979. “I’m not an actress, I’m a personality.”—Marlene Dietrich Albert Pinkham Ryder, Jonah, oil on canvas mounted on fiberboard, 27 1/4 x 34 3/8, ca. 1885-1895. Liu Yue, Mountain Blossom, 2007, 150 x 150 cm or 100×100 cm, Inkjet print on Photo Paper. Harry Callahan, Ireland, 1977. Robert J. Avrech, Blue Shed, Los Angeles, 2013. “Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.”—Clark Gable Lucas Cranach the Elder, Sybille of Cleves wife of John Frederick I, 1526. Erwin Olaf, Ymre Stiekema for Vogue Netherlands, 2013. Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tri City Drive-In, 1993. “This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”― Marilyn MonroePhoto of Norma Jeane Baker, 1941 Romina Ressia, Popcorn, 2014. Clyfford Still, PH-1039, 1977, Oil on canvas, 113 x 93 in. Thomas Allen, Floored, 2009, pulp fiction paperbacks collaged and then photographed. Barnett Newman, Covenant, 1949Oil on canvas, 121.3 x 151.4 cm. From the 18th century, and perhaps even earlier, hollow eggs on which sacred texts had been written in micrography were used to decorate European succahs. Not all the texts related directly to the holiday of Sukkot, the Festival of Booths: this example has Song of Songs 1-4:7 inscribed in miniscule letters. At times feathers were added to the hanging egg, so that it looked like a bird in flight. Poland 19th c. “YAHMA” by Tobi Kahn, acrylic on wood, 20″x28″, 2013. Maurizio Anzeri, Nadia, photo with stitching, 2010. Bukhari Jews, shown in their Succah, circa 1900, were part of an ancient community from what is today the Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. They started moving to Israel in the mid-1800s. Alexander Rodchenko, On the Pavement, 1930. Tobi Kahn – “EKHEV VI,” 2014, acrylic on canvas over wood. James Nares, Untitled, oil on canvas, collection Robert & Karen Avrech. “Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul.”—Anna May WongPhoto of Anna May Wong by Man Ray, 1931. Kenneth Josephson, Hollywood, 1975. My Lulav and Etrog in the Casa Avrech Succah. Sunday night begins the holiday of Succot. Livia, Maayan, and Lielle wish all our friends and relatives a peaceful Shabbat and a lovely and meaningful Succot.