Preview: Matthew Rolston, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, Fahey/Klein Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on February 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

Matthew Rolston, Cyndi Lauper, Headdress, Los Angeles, 1986. ©MRPI. Image via Fahey/Klein Gallery.

Fahey/Klein Gallery will be opening a new exhibit next month, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, showcasing the work of renowned Hollywood photographer Matthew Rolston. Rolston is most known for his portraits of celebrity culture. 

One of a handful of artists to emerge from Andy Warhol’s celebrity-focused Interview magazine, Rolston is a well-established icon of Hollywood photography. His latest exhibition and publication, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is a retrospective of his 1980s photography and presents a stunning array of portraits that beautifully capture the breadth of that decade’s iconic talent, from Michael Jackson to Madonna, from Cyndi Lauper to Prince.

Alongside such luminaries as Herb Ritts and Greg Gorman, Rolston was a member of an influential group of photographers (among them, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel) who came from the 1980s magazine scene. Rolston helped define the era’s take on celebrity image-making, ‘gender bending,’ and much more. The photographs in this collection recall the glamour of old Hollywood with postmodern irony, helping to point the way towards the cult of fame with which we live today.

Released in conjunction with this exhibition, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is also available as a lavish 262-page book, produced by teNeues and available for purchase through the gallery for $125.

The exhibition will be open March 1- April 21, 2018 with an opening reception Thursday, March 1, 7-9pm. For more information, visit Fahey/Klein Gallery.

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