Current Exhibitions

Anthony Hernandez

May 30 to September 7, 2009

Anthony Hernandez
Beverly Hills #7, 1984
cibachrome print
Courtesy of Anthony Hernandez and Christopher Grimes Gallery

Anthony Hernandez has depicted the social landscape of Los Angeles for more than 40 years. In the tradition of Ed Ruscha’s gasoline stations and Every Building On The Sunset Strip, Hernandez and contemporaries such as Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz invested an apparently detached representation of the urban with an element of the social. Whether his subject is a young domestic worker waiting at a bus stop or a woman applying eye makeup in a reflective shop sign on Rodeo Drive, Hernandez subtly captures a myriad of economic and racial layers of LA’s social spaces.

The first Canadian exhibition of this Los Angeles artist’s work, Anthony Hernandez will present a remarkable collection of photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. From large-format, black and white urban landscapes to colour portraits of Beverly Hills shoppers, the images are compositionally precise, formally beautiful and reveal facets of life in Los Angeles that are surprising and largely disregarded.