Book Corner #16: Fame

The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of Californian culture all summer long, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. Over the course of the season, we have taken you on a virtual roadtrip, taking in modernist and experimental architecture, Venice Beach skaters, gourmet bathers, Mike Kelley's stuffed animal sculptures and David Hockney's swimming pool. So for the last book corner of Spring/Summer 2014, we couldn't resist asking Angelo to indulge in probably California's most famous aspect...Hollywood! 

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I have to admit that there is something that Hollywood does better than anybody else, and that is manufacturing the actors’ image. That’s what the dream factory’s all about! Nobody really wants to know that Marilyn was rather short and that every ‘candid’ shot necessitated a good hour of hair and make up beforehand. “Fame,” in which Brad Benedict has gathered a collection of pop, surrealist, kitsch or caricatural  portraits, is at the same time a tribute to Hollywood and a wink at the reader. Nobody is really taken in, and it’s actually fun: Mona Lisa is masculine, Liz Taylor is unrefined, Woody Allen is fickle, Maris Callas is roaring… Fame is as much a catalog of faces as of graphic designs and styles, from the figurative to the most expressive, and the funniest. Photography, that cannot be ignored, has somehow made drawing obsolete –  for now anyway… 

Fame – Brad Benedict Bei Taschen comics, 1984, 112 p. Ed. Taschen.
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