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L.A. Art Scene Converges on Michael’s for August 19 Signing Event

August 23, 2011

Want to know about the LA art scene? Read this!

The upstairs gallery rooms at Michael’s Santa Monica, home to the Kim McCarty-curated Art@Michael’s events, was the scene of a glittering gathering of Los Angeles art world movers, shakers, and aficionados for a special event held on Friday evening, August 19.

The rooms were packed with cognoscenti converging for a signing by respected longtime local art critic and chronicler Hunter Drohojowska-Philp of her recently published book Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. Recipient of a coveted starred review in Publishers Weekly and other advance praise, the expertly and engagingly written book offers an inside perspective on how Los Angeles transformed itself from a cultural backwater into one of the world’s most dynamic centers for artistic innovation.

Surrounded by the recent Art@Michael’s exhibit of exquisitely detailed portrait drawings by Don Bachardy, guests queued up for the author to sign copies of her book. Those in attendance included Bachardy himself along with such local art luminaries as artists Billy Al Bengston, Lari Pittman, Roy Rowell, and Charles Arnoldi; and seminal local art dealers and collectors Irving Blum (Ferus Gallery, 1957-1966), Molly Barnes (Molly Barnes Gallery); and Joni Weyl and Sidney Felson (Gemini G.E.L.).

We highly recommend Drohojowska-Philp’s book to anyone interested in art and local cultural history—not to mention the fact that it’s an ideal guide to many of the artists whose works hang on the restaurant’s walls!

Hunter signs her book for a guest.

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