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We're total art obsessives, so it really doesn't matter to us what's hanging on the Getty's walls —the Richard Meier architecture and stupendous views are always more than enough incentive to grin and bear the foul 405 traffic (plus, The Restaurant also serves up a crisp Sauv Blanc that sweetens the deal). However, we had a sneak peek at the Herb Ritts: L.A. Style display last night, and the shots were so riveting that we felt like permanently setting up residence in the gallery space (think they'd be cool with us pitching a tent in the lobby?).
Before his untimely death from AIDS in '02, the celebrated camera master snapped supermodels, celebs, and a slew of nudes, all with inventive prowess that prompts "how'd he do that" wonderment. Ritts was one of the first mavericks to bridge the gap between art and commerce, so you may recognize some of the snaps without even realizing they're his! And although the Christy Turlington Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage image (see slide 3) has been a permanent staple on our bulletin board for years, we found a new fave on display — look out for Mr. Ritts' departure from glamour gals to depict artist David Hockney. It officially opens today, and you have until August 26 to make a date with fashion history, the pretty perch, and that glass of vino!
Photo: Versace, Veiled Dress, El Mirage,1990 by Herb Ritts; Copyright: © Herb Ritts Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation.