This batch of tests, conducted under the direction of the artist, including nudes, portraits and pictures of high fashion and advertising, said the cultural institution in a statement.
With his portrait in black and white neo-classical, Herb Ritts, a Los Angeles native who died in 2002 at the age of 50, marked the way of the 80 and 90, and worked with all the celebrities the time, Madonna – which he signed the cover of the album “True Blue” – Tina Turner, to Jack Nicholson or Sean Connery.
Among the events acquired by the Getty, are some of his most famous pictures, like a portrait of Richard Gere in tank top in a garage in California, who had helped make the actor the American sex symbol of 80 years, or “Wrapped Torso, Los Angeles” (1988), which magnified a pleated dress from Japanese designer Issey Mikaye.
The collection also includes a drawing of “Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood” (1989), which contains, naked and entwined, the most famous supermodels of the time – including Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell – a picture that symbolizes entry into the era of the “star system” of the top models.
The lot, estimated at one million dollars, was paid only a small part by the Getty, which has received a donation from the Herb Ritts Foundation.
Judith Keller, curator of the photographic collection of the museum, welcomed the entry into its collection of photographs by Herb Ritts, “which has blurred the line between art and commerce.”