Helmut Newton, “Timeless” (1984, print mounted on sintra), 11 inches by 14 inches
Patrick Demarchelier, “Untitled” (1982, print made from photographer’s proof sheet), 36 inches by 24 inches
Exquisite black-and-white portraits of art collector Joan Agajanian Quinn illuminate La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.
Wayne Shimabukuro, “Untitled” (1984, gelatin silver print), 14 inches by 11 inches.
On display May 7 through June 4 at La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (ljathenaeum.org), Timeless: Black & White Portraits of Joan Agajanian Quinn invites viewers to explore the mesmerizing photography collection of the eponymous journalist and Los Angeles-based art collector. Spanning five decades, the enchanting works of Andy Warhol, Claire Falkenstein, Patrick Demarchelier, Ed Ruscha, Antonio Lopez, Helmut Newton, Wayne Shimabukuro and Steven Arnold are featured in the unique exhibition—with every piece crafted in a unifying palette of black and white. More than 300 portraits of Quinn are highlighted in the display, all created by friends of the well-known arts advocate in mediums of paint, sculpture and photography. Known as the Gertrude Stein of her era, Quinn has been a formidable proponent of the arts and philanthropy for more than 60 years, and viewers can now get to know the Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient in a whole new way. Be the first to view the collection during the exhibition’s opening reception Saturday, May 7, from 5:30 to 7:30PM. Best face forward, indeed.
Steven Arnold, “Dreaming of Joan” (1986, silver gelatin print), 14 inches by 11 inches.