Saturday 26 March 2011

Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Avedon, 1964

I adore this image – it captures the beauty and contemporary qualities of the legendary film star.

It’s very McQueenesque!

Elizabeth Taylor pioneered the campaign against HIV and AIDS awareness in Hollywood after her good friend Rock Hudson died, and established The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation raising millions of dollars for the cause. She devoted generous humanitarian time, advocacy efforts, and funding to HIV/Aids.

Elizabeth Taylor bewitched the world with her violet eyes, her sheer screen power and the news-making swings of her outsized personal life. The daughter of an art dealer and who became a voracious art collector later in life – she was also a muse to artists, most famously Andy Warhol who once siad, “It would be very glamorous to to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger.”

And here’s a link to an exhibition of photographs by Firooz Zahedi- another artist inspired by Elizabeth. They show a young Liz Taylor shot in Iran. It is currently on show at LACMA- The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Radio National, Artworks


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