The Art of Robert E McGin­nis

This glam­orous col­lec­tion re­veals there’s much more to the cel­e­brated cin­e­matic artist than just soft­core sex­ism

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One of the great­est in­ter­preters of the stylish fe­male form of the 20th cen­tury, the work of Robert E McGin­nis will be familiar to any­one who hasn’t avoided ever see­ing Break­fast at Tif­fany’s, or early James Bond films (or rather, the pub­lic­ity art­work for the likes of Di­a­monds are For­ever and Thun­der­ball).

The chic and glam­orously chau­vin­is­tic world of Bond is in fact al­most a mill­stone around the artist’s neck, the fa­mous as­so­ci­a­tion per­haps giv­ing crit­ics eas­ier lever­age for dis­miss­ing Robert as a pur­veyor of soft­core sex­ism. This new col­lec­tion shows oth­er­wise, with great style.

Although light on text – a fresh in­ter­view with the near-nona­ge­nar­ian be­ing the high­light – the 175 pages of this col­lec­tion de­pict a ca­reer with far greater di­ver­sity and depth than Robert’s most fa­mous images sug­gest. Yes, the con­tent may be roughly 70 per cent fix­ated on the fe­male form – loung­ing on couches, play­ing in hay, smok­ing on fur rugs – but it’s fas­ci­nat­ing to con­trast th­ese por­traits with his work on Westerns, his haunt­ing Amer­i­can land­scapes, and mag­a­zine de­signs cov­er­ing con­quis­ta­dors and F1 rac­ing. Here’s an artist who de­serves bet­ter than to be pi­geon­holed.

Robert E McGin­nis’s poster art for 1967’s You Only Live Twice. From Thun­der­ball (1965), he was the prin­ci­ple Bond poster artist for 10 years.

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