Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions September 9, 2016 by Robert J. Avrech 8 Comments From Katharine Hepburn’s 1981 interview with Barbara Walters:Hepburn: “I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man…I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to and I made enough money to support myself. And I ain’t afraid of being alone.”Walters: “Is that why also you wear pants?”Hepburn: “No, I just wore pants because they’re comfortable.”Walters: “Do you ever wear a skirt, by the way?”Hepburn: “I have one.”Walters: “You have one.”Hepburn: “I’ll wear it to your funeral.” Self-Portrait, Otto Dix, 1912. Photo by Fan Ho Billy Al Bengston, Carburetor Floatbowl196142 x 40Oil on canvas Charles SheelerAmerican, 1883 – 1965Classic Landscape1931oil on canvasoverall: 63.5 x 81.9 cm (25 x 32 1/4 in.) Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, 1936Screenplay by Robert RiskinBased on Opera Hat, a 1935 short story by Clarence Budington Kelland Saul Bass designed title sequence from Spartacus (1960, dir. Stanley Kubrick)“What we were going for in the Spartacus titles was the multiple layers of elegant & disdainful faces, which express the duality of Roman rule -the oppressiveness and the brutality, as well as the sophistication that made possible so many contributions to Western civilization. It seems very rich to see the growth of those profiles forming a full face, & full faces dissolving into profiles before the final face starts to crack apart and the camera zooms into the empty eye, signaling all is not well.”-Saul Bass Sir Peter Paul RubensFlemish, 1577 – 1640Marchesa Brigida Spinola Doria1606oil on canvasoverall: 152.5 x 99 cm (60 1/16 x 39 in.)framed: 188 x 134.6 x 10.8 cm (74 x 53 x 4 1/4 in.) Photo by Gerard Castello LopesPortugal1950s Vija Clemens, “Eggs,” 1964. Oil on canvas. 24 1/4 x 35 1/4 in. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Museum purchase with funds from George Wick and Ansley I. Graham Trust, Los Angeles in memory of Hope Wick. © Vija Celmins. Norma Shearer by Laszlo Willinger, 1939 Edgar DegasVictoria Dubourgc. 1868-69Oil on canvas81.3 x 64.8 cmToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OhioGift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Levis “[Frankenstein director James] Whale and I both saw the character as an innocent one. Within the heavy restrictions of my make-up, I tried to play it that way. This was a pathetic creature who, like us all, had neither the will nor the say in his creation, and certainly did not wish upon itself the hideous image which automatically terrified humans it tried to befriend.The most heartrending aspect of the creature’s life, for us, was his ultimate desertion by his creator. It was as though man, in his blundering, searching attempts to prove himself, was to find himself deserted by his God.”—Boris Karloff, 1932 Mary OberingCenter Blue, 1990Egg tempera and gold leaf on gessoed panel, 24-x-36 inches. Lillian Gish poses for Gleb Derujinsky, 1924 Vladimir and Georgi Stenberg poster for the Soviet release of the Buster Keaton classic, The General, 1929. László Moholy-NagyA II (Construction A II)1924Oil and graphite on canvas115.8 × 136.5 cmSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection© 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York William Klein, 1959 Amir CohenWomen of the Israeli, mostly female, Caracal battalion rest after a grueling march, 2014 Havdalah compendiumOri ResheffIsraelsilver plateAccession #: 1993.041Gift of Robert and Karen Avrech to the Mina K. Avrech Memorial Collection of Judaica, Yeshiva University Museum. Robert J. Avrech, Silent Picture, Rodeo Drive, 2016 Ariel wishes all our friends and relatives a lovely and inspirational Shabbat. Ed Ruscha, The Absolute End, dry pigment on paper, 1982.