September 30, 2010

Getty Research Institute Presents Modern Art in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Frederic Tuten and Steve Martin

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center

Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:00 p.m.


Self Portraits: Fictions, Frederic Tuten. W. W. Norton & Company (New York, 2010).
Cover art courtesy of the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

LOS ANGELES—Novelist Frederic Tuten and actor and author Steve Martin will discuss the interchange between contemporary art and fiction and how visual art influences their work and life on Tuesday, October 12, in Modern Art in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Frederic Tuten and Steve Martin, the Getty Research Institute’s latest presentation in its series Modern Art in Los Angeles. Tuten will read from his new book of interrelated short stories, Self Portraits: Fictions (W. W. Norton & Company, 2010), a book about art and love. Tuten joins his longtime friend Steve Martin, who will also read from his upcoming novel, An Object of Beauty (Grand Central Publishing, 2010), a humorous story about the glamour and subterfuge of the contemporary art world.

As a frequent contributor for Arts Magazine and The New York Times in the late 1960s, Tuten’s reporting ranged from the São Paulo Biennial to the Art and Technology and the American Sculpture of the Sixties exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest Californian art events of that period. He has written on such artists as Jeff Koons, Eric Fischl, David Salle, RB Kitaj, John Baldessari, and Pierre Huyghe and his close friend Roy Lichtenstein, whose original art appears on the covers of Tuten’s novels TinTin in the New World and The Adventures of Mao on the Long March. Lichtenstein’s painting Self Portrait with Cheese is the cover of Tuten’s new book of short stories.

Steve Martin has a rich history with Los Angeles and its visual art. He officially became a collector in 1968 when he purchased a print by Ed Ruscha. Since then, his personal collection, mostly 20th-century American art, has grown considerably and now includes works by Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, David Hockney, Willem De Kooning, and Richard Diebenkorn. Martin joined the LACMA board of trustees in the late 1980s and continues to be active in art-based fundraising in the city.

The conversation will be moderated by Andrew Perchuk, Deputy Director of the Getty Research Institute and co-curator of Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1945-1970, part of an unprecedented region-wide celebration of postwar arts and culture in Los Angeles, launching in Fall 2011.

Modern Art in Los Angeles: A Conversation with Frederic Tuten and Steve Martin is presented Tuesday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. Admission is free, but reservations are required. To make reservations call (310) 440-7300 or visit This event is part of Pacific Standard Time, a research initiative undertaken by the Getty Research Institute in collaboration with the Getty Foundation to document and preserve the history of postwar art in Southern California. The event is co-organized by ForYourArt.

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Julie Jaskol
Getty Communications
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