No one really makes art films nowadays that are commercially successful. At least not like Stanley Kubrick did. It seems the films released today by the major studio houses are either designated extreme blockbusters or tend toward the smaller independent. But Kubrick seems to achieve the fine balance of creating singular works of art that were viably commercial successes, a difficult thing considering how many people are involved in making a film. I was lucky to be down in LA this past weekend, and visited LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which had an exhibit on Kubrick, where film props and behind the scene tidbits were on display from classic movies like 2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining as well as images from his lesser known works and unrealized projects. If you follow me on instagram, you might have seen some images I took of the show, but if not, here’s a sneak peak of what the Kubrick exhibit has to offer. The show continues until the end of June, 2013
My partner AJ Bates, took most of the photos in this photo essay with a few exception. Those photos that I took (mostly with my iPhone, as AJ had the dSLR) include the wall of Kubrick film posters, the overhead shot of camera lenses, the photo of the large camera used to film Barry Lyndon, the costume of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, the installation of the two prop axes next to the wall image of the creepy twins, from The Shining, the image of prop photograph of the Overlook Hotel party scene from The Shining and the neverending image of the actress Johanna ter Steege who was originally cast to be in an unrealized Stanley Kubrick project called Aryan Papers. All other photos were taken by AJ Bates.