From the Archive
Edmund Teske, who moved to Los Angeles in 1943, became an important part of the local artistic community. In the mid-1950s, Teske discovered an abandoned pile of iceboxes that had been left in the mountains above Malibu in Cornell, California. He made these evocative structures the backdrop for several of his compositions, including this portrait of Walter and Shirley Hopps. Along with Edward Kienholz, Hopps co-founded the Ferus Gallery, which opened in Los Angeles in 1957, and would foster an exciting new generation of California artists.