Los Angeles

Anthony Hernandez

Christopher Grimes Gallery

MAKE ME A LATE BREAKFAST: A T-shirt emblazoned with this decadent demand appears near the top of Anthony Hernandez’s photograph Beverly Hills #34, 1984, behind a wild-maned Raquel Welch wannabe posing in a gray, asymmetrical jersey dress. In a complex act of doubling—of herself and of the stillness of the photographic image—the woman also wants to be a mannequin: She is not posing specifically for the photograph, but was apparently frozen in this stance in order to sell clothes off the rack to tourists in Beverly Hills.

Known in recent years for his meticulously composed images of evacuated spaces—the depopulated construction site of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; barren industrial tunnels accommodating the Los Angeles River; abandoned provisional homeless dwellings—Hernandez’s recent exhibition of sixteen candid color shots taken on and around Rodeo Drive in 1984 place the human subject

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