Jun 25

“Joan Quinn: Captured”

‘Joan Agajanian Quinn Portrait’ by Lucie Abdalian

Since the late 1970s, when I first really learned how to spell exceptional “Art” and “Design,” I kept running across the name: Joan Agajanian Quinn. And, today I did again. This time with much trepidation, worrying that something tragic had befallen my early icon. Well, not to worry.  It seems that the news..tra la, tra la.. was of an exhibition! “Joan Quinn: Captured, curated by Laura Whitcomb in collaboration with curators Amanda Quinn Olivar, and J. Cheryl Bookout takes place at the beautiful Brand Library and Art Center, a long-time cultural haven for the Armenian community. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 28th and runs through August 1st. This unique event celebrates the Brand Library and Art Center’s re-opening and grand renovation in conjunction with an exhibit highlighting one of Armenia’s esteemed daughters, Joan Agajanian Quinn.”

The article goes on, “The art being shown celebrates Joan’s life and contributions to art and culture by presenting approximately 50 portraits of her image in a varied array of media. The portraits on display were selected from a collection of over 300 and are being shown for the first time alongside artwork from Joan and Jack Quinn’s legendary artist friends such as: Zandra Rhodes, Frank Gehry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses and Ed Ruscha to name but a few. The work of renowned Armenian artists such as Lucie Abdalian, Zareh Meguerditchian and Silvina Der-Merguerdichian are included in the exhibition.

Through the years, some of my visual art choices were made as I learned to look at art through the eyes of Joan Quinn. I suspect this show will introduce me to artists, as yet discovered by me, along with continually underlining what is was like to be a major player in the forefront of the emerging Los Angeles art scene and remain one of its most prominent cultural forces more that a quarter of a century later. Community involvement, photographer for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, West Coast editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine, cable television show host…all this and more accomplished with style and verve.

Joan and husband, attorney John J. Quinn, have twin daughters Jennifer Quinn and Amanda Quinn Olivar.  Artist Charles Arnoldi notes “She has documented cultural changes in Los Angeles and around the world for the last 50 years…Joan always has her finger on the pulse of artistic momentum.”

I’m going to post the link to one of the articles about Joan, the show, and the stellar list of artists represented here. http://asbarez.com/124435/joan-quinn-captured/

You will be agog, amazed, astonished, and any other a word that spells “at the top of the top!”

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