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Hollywood’s Golden Era: John R. Hamilton’s Iconic Photography arrives at the MAD.KAT Gallery

In the heart of Modernism Week, MAD.KAT Gallery has set the stage for a captivating journey through the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s golden age with its latest exhibition, “Hollywood Cool: The Photography of John R. Hamilton.” Nestled amidst the vibrant art scene of Modernism 2024, this showcase promises an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of iconic celebrities from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Stepping into the gallery, visitors are greeted by a collection of images that transcend time, capturing the essence of Hollywood’s most legendary faces in candid moments. From the rugged charm of Clint Eastwood to the sultry allure of Brigitte Bardot, each photograph offers a tantalizing peek into the private lives of these silver screen icons. Whether it’s Steve McQueen’s intense stare or Elizabeth Taylor’s radiant smile, John R. Hamilton’s lens immortalizes these stars in a way that feels both intimate and timeless.

The exhibition is a testament to Hamilton’s unparalleled talent as a photographer. Renowned for his ability to capture the essence of Hollywood both on and off the screen, Hamilton’s work has been described as provocative, evocative, and undeniably cool. With over 70 film sets under his belt, Hamilton’s body of work represents a treasure trove of cinematic history, offering viewers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the most iconic movies of the 20th century.

What sets this exhibition apart is not just the caliber of the subjects captured, but also the story behind the collection. Acquired from the Hamilton estate by a group of dedicated enthusiasts in 2014, these photographs were once hidden away in obscurity. Now, thanks to MAD.KAT Gallery’s commitment to celebrating the legacy of artists like Hamilton, these images have found a new home where they can be appreciated by generations to come.

The opening was a huge success and many of the photographs have a real connection to Palm Springs. Frank, Sammy, Dean ,Elvis and Steve McQueen spent so much time here.

MAD.KAT Gallery itself is a bastion of artistic excellence, showcasing a diverse range of contemporary styles from established and emerging artists alike. With a focus on fostering long-term relationships with clients, the gallery offers a personalized experience aimed at helping visitors find the perfect piece for their collection. From abstract paintings to fine art photography, MAD.KAT Gallery is a treasure trove of creativity waiting to be discovered.

During Modernism Week, the gallery opens its doors every day from noon to 4 pm, with extended hours on Thursday through Saturday. For those unable to visit during regular hours, appointments can be made for a private viewing. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking to immerse yourself in the magic of Hollywood’s heyday, “Hollywood Cool” at MAD.KAT Gallery is an exhibition not to be missed.

For more information or to schedule a viewing, please contact MAD.KAT Gallery at 760-980-7550.

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