Bunny Yeager's 1950s work with models of color is deeply serious, and at times, even reverent. Unfortunately, much of it has remained unseen until recently.
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As long as there has been sand, secluded coves, calm lakes, vast oceans and hot days, people have taken to the waters for health, exercise, fun, and community. Once just a summer retreat for those who lived close to a shore or the wealthy, mass transportation and motorcars turned a day at the beach into […]
Grapefruit Moon Gallery is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the extensive, detailed, and comprehensive estate of photographer and pin-up model Bunny Yeager. Described as "the world’s greatest pin-up photographer" by Diane Arbus, and best-remembered for her iconic collaborations with Bettie Page, Yeager’s body of work includes over five decades of spectacular, and groundbreaking celebrations […]
In part one of our blog series on Jewel Flowers, we explored how the model rose from teenaged North Carolina beauty queen to become muse and adored friend to illustrator and Father of American Pin-Up, Rolf Armstrong as well as how the pair's keen eye for fashion translated into the gorgeous costumes seen in Armstrong's pastels. […]
The parties at Ocean House ... were strictly Marion, and there with gaiety, generosity, and bubbling fun she entertained her multitude of friends. Each year she gave a costume ball on W.R.'s birthday. There was a 49'er party; a kid party, when Gable came as a boy scout and Joan Crawford as Shirley Temple; an […]
Earlier this year, the Society of Illustrators inducted American illustrator and pin-up artist George Petty into their Illustrator's Hall of Fame. Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and […]
Who were the artist's models and muses whose faces and figures are instantly recognizable to lovers of early 20th century art and photography? It's a question we at Grapefruit Moon Gallery ask ourselves often, and the more we learn about them the more fascinating they become. To share our passion, we are offering a little vignette […]
Earlier this year, the Society of Illustrators inducted American illustrator and pin-up artist Rolf Armstrong into their Illustrator's Hall of Fame. Since 1958, the Society of Illustrators has elected to its Hall of Fame artists recognized for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and […]
Jewel Flowers; a diminutive gem of an artist's model who was muse to Rolf Armstrong for half his career, and whose popularity at times threatened to surpass his. Armstrong began the 1940s known for vampy flappers and radiant pin-ups with art deco sophistication, a style that was waning in popularity at the time. His meeting with Flowers, an unknown […]
The moment when Rita Hayworth pops onscreen for the first time in Gilda ranks among the most iconic film introductions of the 20th century. Her gravity defying hair flip and blinding smile seemed to epitomize mischievous flirtation, and through the extensive publicity campaign surrounding the film and a series of now legendary glamour photos by Robert […]
Public art in the 1930s is today synonymous with the Works Progress Administration--a New Deal Federal program that underwrote regionalist and modernist fine artists by commissioning their work for murals that can still be seen throughout the United States. Less often remembered is how private industries during the Great Depression and World War II became patrons of the […]
It's easy to see how much talent and passion artists working in America's Golden Age of Illustration brought to their jobs, but we rarely have windows into the daily commitment to submitting work for consideration, and the accompanying rejection that was part of the illustrator life. For all but a few famous names like Maxfield Parrish and Norman […]