Cover of Endless Summer [UMD for PSP]
L.A. Influential features a panel of native Los Angeles artists discussing the current interest in LA's diverse subcultures' impact on art as demonstrated in exhibitions such as MOCA's Art in the Streets and Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. These exhibitions have raised myriad dialogues concerning art and the cultural influence of Los Angeles in the global art scene.
John Van Hamersveld is known for an enormous catalog of pop images. From his iconic poster for the movie The Endless Summer, which singularly summarizes surf culture, to his album cover work for The Beatles (Magical Mystery Tour), Blondie (Eat To The Beat), Jefferson Airplane (Crown of Creation) and the Rolling Stones (Exile On Main Street) to name but a few, Van Hamersveld's iconic images have had a tremendous impact on popular culture and fashion from the early 60s to the present. Shepard Fairey recently acknowledged that Van Hamersveld's iconic Hendrix concert poster influenced his Obama "Hope" image.
Read about 6 other artists in the exhibition