Matthew Rolston, Barye, Roger and Angelica (Angelica) (detail), 2016

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What's it all about?

Artist, photographer, and video director Matthew Rolston (born 1955) was “discovered” by Andy Warhol while a student at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. His images of celebrities for Warhol’s Interview magazine, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and other publications won him acclaim as an heir to the tradition of Hollywood glamour photography.

Art People: The Pageant Portraits is an exhibition of Rolston’s larger-than-life, strangely haunting photographs of participants in Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters, known for its elaborate tableau vivant presentations. The exhibition connects two of the most beloved cultural institutions of Laguna Beach, a city founded as an arts colony in the early 20th century, while celebrating the broader history of art and photography that defines the cultural heritage of California. Art People is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue with essays on various aspects of the project.

This exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Leone and Rich Adler and the FOA Foundation of Laguna Beach.


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