'The Eve of Porn: Linda Lovelace' Opens at the Museum of Sex, 12/9

Rising to fame with the 1972 release of Deep Throat, Linda Lovelace became the original porn star. Performing acts of graphic sex on camera, including the signature act of "deep throating," Linda Lovelace, born Linda Boreman, became a household name and the film a trailblazer of the pornographic genre. Considered "Porn Chic," screenings of Deep Throat, the tale of a woman whose clitoris was located in the back of her throat, were attended by celebrities from Jackie O to Jack Nicholson. Linda became both the girl everyone wanted to attend their party and the girl that everyone wanted to have sex with, a star studded list including Hugh Hefner, Ted Kennedy and Paul Newman.

Lovelace had become such a celebrity that in 1973, Milton H. Greene (1922-1985), one of the most celebrated photographers in the world, known for the "Black Sitting" of Marilyn Monroe, agreed to shoot Lovelace. Never before exhibited, these "Lost Images of Linda Lovelace" had long remained under ownership of a Polish financial institution and a private owner for nearly four decades before going on auction in 2013. Purchased by Yuliya and Kevin Mattei of YK Gallery, Inc., the couple entered into a partnership with Joshua Greene's The Archives, LLC, which since 2006 has been working on the restoration and marketing of a 60,000-image collection created by his father, Milton H. Greene. "With a scar from her breasts down to her abdomen, fully nude photographs of Linda Lovelace are virtually nonexistent," says Yuliya Mattei, Co-founder and Director of YK Gallery. "These photographs alter the way people look at her...they show she wanted to be a superstar." In addition to donating the works on view to the Museum of Sex, YK Gallery will be selling limited edition fine art prints from this rare and sizeable collection, authenticated by Joshua Greene. "The Eve of Porn" at the Museum of Sex will be the first public viewing of these works.

Alongside these photographic treasures, the exhibition will feature photographs of Lovelace taken before her Deep Throat fame, including pornographic images of Linda and her husband-manager, Chuck Traynor, whom Linda asserted years later had forced her at gunpoint to perform in Deep Throat as well as earlier stag loops she was featured in. Traynor insists he is responsible for Linda's fame, and has been quoted saying, "There never was a Linda Lovelace. I'm Linda Lovelace. Linda Lovelace got where she got because of my brain, not because of her throat." These and other rare photographs and ephemera on loan from Eric Danville, one of Lovelace's biographers and the author of The Complete Linda Lovelace, help tell Linda's complicated story.




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