Beverly Hills #7, 1984
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.