L.A. Noir offers a new insight into the dark, seamy, sexy side of Los Angeles — a poignant counterpoint to the image of Los Angeles as the “Land of Sunshine.” Tracing this idea all the way back to the 1930s, this exhibition examines a hidden history and a seductive strategy for the artists of Tinsel Town.
This exhibition will feature work from the 1930s to the present by artists who recorded an alternate history of Los Angeles — one hidden in the shadows and bound in the secrets of the marginalized. Haunting portraits of femme fatales by Lorser Feitelson, Howard Warshaw, Rico Lebrun and Ben Messick offer stark opposition to the starlets of Hollywood and the bikini-clad babes of Santa Monica, while landscapes by Boris Deutsch and Lenard Kester starkly contrast the postwar booster photographs of Los Angeles as an idyllic suburbia.
Sullivan Goss is located at 7 East Anapamu St, in Santa Barbara, CA 93101. The exhibit will be open until August 2, 2009.