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L.A. from Every Angle

Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"

As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.

Slide 1: Greenberg and Baumbach at Musso & Frank
Slide 2: L.A. for Hollywood
Slide 3: L.A. for Native Americans
Slide 4: L.A. for Silent Filmmakers
Slide 5:  L.A. for Californios
Slide 6: L.A. for the Muralists
Slide 7:  L.A. against the Communist Muralists
Slide 8: L.A. for the Muralists Again
Slide 9: L.A. for the Hard-Boiled
Slide 10: L.A. of the Film Noir
Slide 11: L.A. of the Cynics
Slide 12: L.A. of the Desperate
Slide 13: L.A. for the Dreamers
Slide 14: L.A. for the Modernists
Slide 15: L.A. for the Doers
Slide 16: L.A. for the Hustlers
Slide 17: L.A. of the Painters
Slide 18: L.A. of the Logo
Slide 19:  L.A. of the new Artists
Slide 20: L.A. of the Mexican-American Writers
Slide 21: L.A. of the Singer/Songwriters
Slide 22:  L.A. of Lowlifes
Slide 23: L.A. of the Essay Writers
Slide 24: L.A. of Gay Detectives
Slide 25: L.A. for Rock ’n’ Rollers
Slide 26: L.A. of the Privileged
Slide 27: L.A. of the Cholos
Slide 28: L.A. of the Gangstas
Slide 29: L.A. for the children of the rich and famous
Slide 30: L.A. for the children of the rich and famous, Part 2
Slide 17: L.A. of the Painters

Slide 17: L.A. of the Painters

David Hockney (1937-     ) David Hockney moved to Los Angeles in 1966. “Hockney is California’s poet laureate of canyon majesty and Malibu blues,” writes Rachel Kushner in C Magazine. “[He] understands how symbols of ‘California’ function as a kind of potent idealism, a way to paint dreams and longings.”

Here is “Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool” (1967) by David Hockney. This iconic work of art, one of a series of famous swimming pool paintings, depicts David Hockney’s 19-year-old lover, Peter Schlesinger, getting out of the L.A. pool owned by Nick Wilder, the late gallery owner. Schlesinger didn’t model for the painting, the pose comes from a snapshot of him leaning against his MG sports car.

Hockney, who refers to himself as an “English Los Angeleno,” now spends most of his time in the Yorkshire countryside, but he still maintains his home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills. “Is this home? Of course it is,” he told Barbara Isenberg of the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve been in this house for 30 years. It’s full of books I read. I’ve not been away longer than six months, and all the paintings are sent back here as well. This is my enclave, my little bit of sanity. There’s a quite sophisticated city out there, yet you can live privately in it. And there’s that marvelous light.”

Speaking from his Yorkshire home, to told the New York Times’ Carol Kino, “I would say I’m on location here. That’s what we say in Hollywood.”