Beverly Hills Gallery
Beverly Hills, CA, USA
Thursday, April 24, 2014–Wednesday, December 31, 2014
L. A. Skies
At The Grove
Work by photographer Jim McHugh
Prints from the Rick Caruso collection.
For Paris Photo LA 2014 and continuing as a permanent installation
New and historic landmarks of Los Angeles.
On view at The Grove in the newly remodeled The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge.
189 The Grove Drive LA CA 90036
T 323.931.0202 F 323.930.7860
Sun-Thurs 11:30am - 10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am - 12 Midnight
This series of photographs of Los Angeles by photographer Jim McHugh began in the early 1990s as an homage to Hollywood’s Golden Era, to Raymond Chandler’s noir, and to the newest landmarks of the city.
The images span nine decades, beginning with The Orpheum Theatre, built for the vaudeville stage in 1923, and concluding with the dynamically contemporary 8500 Burton Way, which was completed in 2012.
McHugh’s images of Los Angeles’ architectural celebrities fit seamlessly into this newly remodeled space at The Grove. A personal project of developer Rick Caruso, conceptually, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge is based on the famous private supper clubs of old Hollywood, such as Perino’s, La Rue and The Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel. The sounds of Sinatra, Billie Holliday and Bing Crosby take you back to another era. Caruso himself is an astute historian of the city.
Jim McHugh has garnered many awards for his photography and is included in prominent collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Center, and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Currently, Jim is working on a personal project titled “Rick Caruso: Case Studies, New Landmarks On The Los Angeles Landscape.” Three of those images appear in this series: “8500 Burton Way - Blue Wedge,” “The Spirit Of American Youth Rising From The Waves - Color #1” and “The Grove - Looking West #1.”
All of the images are captured on 4x5 Polaroid film, a medium that no is longer manufactured, or Fuji Instant 4x5 film, which is no longer available in the United States. Each 231⁄2” x 19” image is printed in an edition of 25 on INNOVA Digital Fine Art Paper. The work of Jim McHugh is available through Timothy Yarger Fine Art - Beverly Hills.
“ Unique architectural and environmental gems – each with its own unique story to tell. They embody dreams about a sneak peek behind the curtain, the glittering simulacra, unimaginable power and neon riches.”
-Joe Lewis, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine.
"He chooses to see a more heroic Los Angeles, when the buildings and the signs were the larger-than-life stars of a city… when Wilshire Boulevard was a mile of miracles."
– Joseph Giovannini, New York Times art critic