Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions November 9, 2018 by Robert J. Avrech 4 Comments “If there’s anything I hate it’s a goddamned phony, and Hollywood’s filled with them, pretending to be what they are not and some of them never were.”—Barbara Stanwyck R. B. Kitaj (United States, Ohio, Chagrin Falls, 1932-2007)Koufax, 1998Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in. Edward Weston“Hot Coffee,” Mojave Desert, 1937 John Singer SargentThe Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy1907Oil on canvas71.4 × 56.5 cm (28 1/8 × 22 1/4 in.) Anne Gunning wears a polka dot dress by Dior in a 1951 photo by Henry Clarke. Gunning was Irish and one of the most famous fashion models of the Fifties. She only did photographic modeling. Never runways. She said she was afraid of falling down. “That sea of faces glaring at me was too daunting.” Cosmetic Spoon in the Shape of Swimming Woman Holding a DishEgypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep IIIca. 1390–1352 B.C.Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), steatiteL. 22.5 cm (8 7/8 in)Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY “Hollywood was capable of hurting me so much. The things about Hollywood that could hurt me (when I first came) can’t touch me now. I suddenly decided that they shouldn’t hurt me – that was all… You have to be self-reliant and strong to survive in this town. Otherwise you will be destroyed.”—Joan Crawford Frank Lloyd WrightAvery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window1912Clear and colored leaded glass in oak framesCenter panel: 35 1/4 x 43 in. (89.5 x 109.2 cm) Two side panels: 36 x 7 3/4 in. (91.4 x 19.7 cm) (each)Art Institute of Chicago Edward Ruscha (b.1937)Gilmore Drive-In Theater 6201 W. Third St. Los Angeles, CA.1967, printed 2013Gelatin silver prints on paper356 x 279 mm Pink and RoseDesigner:William Morris (British, Walthamstow, London 1834–1896 Hammersmith, London)Manufacturer:Morris & CompanyPrinter:Jeffrey & Co. (London)Date:designed ca. 1890Block-printed wallpaperSheet: 27 x 21 1/2 in. (68.6 x 54.6 cm) Lisa Fonssagrives models an evening dress on the Eiffel Tower for Erwin Blumenfeld, Paris, 1939 Poster for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (’69) by Waldemar Swierzy, one of the most dynamic Polish movie poster designers of the 20th Century. “Money doesn’t give you happiness, but it does help calm one’s nerves.”—Maria Felix, Mexico’s legendary movie star Marc ChagallThe Praying Jew (one of two versions after a 1914 composition)France, 1923Oil on canvasInscriptionsSigned, l.r.: “MArc / ChAgAll”46 x 35 3/16 in. (116.8 x 89.4 cm)Art Institute of Chicago Merle Oberon, Norma Shearer and a Dachshund puppy, c.1939. Above: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Picnic, c. 1893Below: A scene from his son Jean Renoir’s 1959 movie Picnic on the Grass. Model in a dress by Carosa Roma, Photo by Pasquale de Antonis, 1949 Jewish Moroccan Wedding dress and belt, early 20th Century Paul StrandPorch Shadows1916Silver-platinum print Livi, Lielle, and Maayan wish all our friends and relatives a lovely and colorful Shabbat.