The recent acquisition of 69 photographs by the American museum includes specimens of Ritt’s fashion shots, nudes, and celebrity portraits. An exhibition of a selection of these new acquisitions is set for April 2012, so read on and make sure to pencil it in your diary because the last Ritts exhibition happened over a decade ago!
An L.A. Native, Ritts developed a distinctive style which embodied different facets of Los Angeles including its bright Southern California sunlight and outdoor locations such as the beach and desert.
His portraits and nudes, placed his work within the ranks of other revered American photographers such as Richard Avedon and Irving Penn.
During the 1980s and 1990s, amongst others, Ritts worked for GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. He also produced award-winning music videos for artists such as Janet Jackson. His work with Madonna also became world famous.
Selections from the Getty’s new acquisition will be featured in an exhibition opening at the Getty Center in April 2012. The first significant exhibition on Ritts in the USA in over a decade, it will include, among others, a portrait of a young Richard Gere dating back to 1977.
The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts, and European and American photographs. Other photographers whose work forms part of the Getty’s collection include Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Horst P. Horst, Robert Mapplethorpe and Man Ray.