Let's Get Lost
Photographs by Jim McHugh
December 03, 2009 - January 23, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 03, 3009, from 6-8:30PM
Conversation with Artist: Saturday, December 5, 2009, from 1-6PM
(Brooklyn, New York) November 16, 2009. The Farmani Gallery will present selected images from Jim McHugh's critically acclaimed series of Los Angeles architecture photography from December 03, 2009 - January 16, 2010 with an opening reception on Thursday, December 3 from 6-8:30PM and an afternoon of open conversation with McHugh on Saturday, December 12, from 1-6pm.
“Lets Get Lost” is an homage to Los Angeles and the photographer’s grandfather Jimmy McHugh the legendary songwriter who wrote the melody for this evocative, timeless standard. Jimmy McHugh also wrote “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” and many other songs from the Great American Songbook. Jim McHugh photographs the Los Angeles of that era.
Of McHugh's noir-like images of this lost L.A., Joseph Giovanni, writer on Art and Architecture for the New York Times, has written, "McHugh specializes in the city hiding in plain sight. His establishing shots are the Art Deco pre-WW II buildings of L.A. - Collectively this group of images creates an armature of elegance that was once perhaps the rule but now escapes our modern consciousness.”
Known for his recent large format Polaroid prints of Los Angeles, Jim McHugh has been photographing common things in an uncommon manner for thirty years. McHugh’s photography has garnered many awards and is included in prominent collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center and The Polaroid Collection. McHugh has exhibited widely; nationally and internationally, with large solo exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the James Corcoran Gallery in Los Angeles. Known equally for his portraiture, his portrait of David Hockney is the cover of Hockney’s book “That’s the Way I See It" and is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London.