Wednesday, April 23, 2014

L.A. Skies at Rick's Caruso's Grove in Los Angeles

"The Grove – Looking West #1" and "The Capitol Records Building"


Now on view at The Grove

The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge

New and Historic Landmarks of Los Angeles

Prints from the Rick Caruso Collection by photographer Jim McHugh

For Paris Photo LA 2014 and continuing as a permanent installation

"Blue Wedge - 8500 Burton Way" and "LAX Theme Building"

"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

L.A. Skies 

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 the noir world of Raymond Chandler, and continuing 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 these Los Angeles architectural celebrities fit seamlessly into this newly remodeled space at The Grove. A personal project of developer Rick Caruso, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge is based conceptually 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 such prominent collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

All of the images are captured on 4x5 Polaroid film, a medium that is no longer manufactured, or Fuji Instant 4x5 film, which is no longer available in the United States. Each 23.5” x 18.5” 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.

With Olivia Penfold, interior designer for the $500,000 remodel of The Whisper Lounge

The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931.0202
Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-12 Midnight

Visit The Grove during Paris Photo
Los Angeles 2014