LEARN: Steve Martin and Frederic Tuten Discuss L.A. as Muse

A Personal History of Steve Martin and Frederic Tuten’s Experiences in the L.A. Art Scene and How Visual Art Influences Their Work

On October 12, novelist Frederic Tuten and actor and writer Steve Martin joined in conversation at the Getty Center.

Co-organized by ForYourArt, the evening was part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980, a Getty initiative to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene, in collaboration with more than 50 cultural institutions across Southern California.

The sold-out audience listened as the two writers and longtime friends spoke about their personal history with the Los Angeles art scene, art and language. Martin read from his book, An Object of Beauty, and Tuten from Self Portraits: Fictions, the cover of which is an original drawing by Roy Lichtenstein.
Following the readings, the authors were joined by Andrew Perchuk, deputy director of the Getty Research Institute, for an informal discussion on how visual art influences their work and lives.

by Sarah Williams

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