Matthew Rolston, Frishmuth, The Dancers (#1) (detail), 2016, from the series Art People: The Pageant Portraits


What's It All About?

In conjunction with the current exhibition Matthew Rolston, Art People: The Pageant Portraits, artist Matthew Rolston and Getty Curator of Photographs Paul Martineau will participate in a lively panel discussion moderated by arts editor and critic Lindsay Preston Zappas, discussing the history of Californian photography and, in particular, the legacies between photographic movements of the early modernist period – contrasting the Laguna photographic community of the 1930s and 40s against the contemporaneous photographic community of Carmel, Northern California, and the Bay Area, known as Group f/64.

After the event, Rolston will sign copies of the Art People exhibition catalogue, available for advance purchase in the museum store.

Advance tickets recommended. $13 for adults; $11 for seniors and students; free for LAM members.


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Left: William Mortensen, L'Amour, c. 1936
Right: Edward Weston, Nude, 1936

Rolston’s exhibition references both the ‘pictorialist’ movement adhered to by Laguna photographers of the 1930s, such as William Mortensen and George Hurrell (and later, the works of Laguna-based photographer Paul Outerbridge Jr.), and the opposing aesthetics of the Carmel group, which featured the so-called ‘purist’ photographers of f/64, such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. Rolston’s series Art People, a contemporary work, is situated between and informed by these two opposing aesthetics.

Matthew Rolston, Hittorf, La Fontaine des Mers (Paredrae of Neptune), 2016, from the series Art People: The Pageant Portraits

Paul Martineau is Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Center, and is preparing the forthcoming exhibition and accompanying catalogue Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective, opening at the Seattle Art Museum in November 2021, traveling to the Getty Center in March 2022.

Left: Paul Outerbridge, Jr., No title (Hand with toilet tissue and red roses), 1938
Right: Ansel Adams, Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1927

Lindsay Preston Zappas is an L.A.-based artist, writer, and founder and editor-in-chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), a quarterly L.A.-based critical art publication. Preston Zappas is an arts correspondent for KCRW, where she contributes regular on-air segments and produces a weekly newsletter called Art Insider.


About the Artist

Matthew Rolston

Matthew Russell Rolston is an American artist, photographer, and director known for his signature lighting techniques and detailed approach to art direction and design. He has been repeatedly identified throughout his career with the revival and modern expression of Hollywood glamour.

Born in Los Angeles, Rolston studied drawing and painting in his hometown at the Chouinard Art Institute and Otis College of Art & Design, as well as in the Bay Area at the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied illustration, photography, imaging, and film at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California, where in 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate.

While still a student at ArtCenter, Rolston was “discovered” by Andy Warhol, for Warhol’s celebrity focused Interview magazine, where he began a successful career in photography.

Rolston’s photographs have been exhibited at museums and institutions. Selected group shows include Beauty CULTure (with Lauren Greenfield, Herb Ritts, Andres Serrano, and Carrie Mae Weems, 2011), The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, California; The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion (curated by Mark Francis and Margery King), The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1997); and Fashion and Surrealism, FIT Gallery, New York, 1987 (traveled to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, 1988).

Rolston’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery (Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at The Smithsonian, Washington D.C.).

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