Brittin

Charles Brittin - Vogue

Kristine McKenna, the curator of “Charles Brittin: West & South,” a retrospective of more than 100 of Brittin’s photographs opening April 16 at the Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, first found herself at the artist’s house in Venice Beach for the same reason many of his subjects ended up there in the 1950s and 60s—she was following the seminal leader of the California Beat community, Wallace Berman. “I initially went to see Charles because the Kohn Gallery represents the Wallace Berman estate. Charles was the only one that really photographed Wallace, and Wallace would bring a lot of the people who hung out at Charles’s place,” McKenna explains.

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