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T+L Reports: Spirited Away in L.A.

While such outsize figures as Ed Kienholz and Dennis Hopper were rallying the Beat generation in 1950's Los Angeles, Edmund Teske was in his Hollywood darkroom, combining images of the city he loved with images of his own past. He kept these alchemical photographs largely to himself. "Teske was always a kind of under-the-radar character," says Julian Cox, who has curated the first Teske retrospective, "Spirit into Matter," at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Which is not to say he didn't get around. During a career that took him from street photography in his native Chicago to his signature, composite style in L.A., Teske drew into his orbit—and into his art—the likes of Anaïs Nin, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jim Morrison. Documentary, experimental, otherworldly, Teske's many thousands of images, of which 128 are on view here, invoke the mutability of time and place, and the persistence of one man's extraordinary vision. June 15-September 26.
—Mary Haus

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