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Tuesday, October 12, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, The Getty Center

Self Portraits: Fictions /  book cover
Join New York-based novelist Frederic Tuten and actor and author Steve Martin as they discuss the interchange between contemporary art and fiction and how visual art influences their work. This conversation will be moderated by Andrew Perchuk, deputy director, the Getty Research Institute.

Frederic Tuten, who has traveled extensively through Latin and South America and studied pre-Columbian and Mexican mural painting, is widely known for suffusing his love of art into his novels and stories. 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, 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.

An Object of Beauty /  book cover
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. Martin's new novel, An Object of Beauty, sheds light and humor on the glamour and subterfuge of the art world in New York City.