Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Silvan Simone Gallery

The Silvan Simone Gallery was founded in 1958 by Silvan Simone, an Italian immigrant and former co-owner of the Florentine Gallery in Pacific Palisades. Lee Mullican had a solo show at the gallery in 1965, and Gordon Wagner was given no less than five between 1959 and 1967. The gallery also showed the work of the Mexican modernist painter Jose Luis Cuevas and represented a number of younger Mexican and Mexican-American artists.

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Works of Art

  • Untitled (Venice)

    Untitled (Venice), 1967, Lee Mullican. Oil on canvas. 80 x 120 in. Estate of Lee Mullican, Courtesy of Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles. © Estate of Lee Mullican

  • The Mexican Night Clerk

    The Mexican Night Clerk, 1960–65, Gordon Wagner. Mixed media, 81 15/16 x 34 x 4 3/4 in. Tobey C. Moss Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. © Estate of Gordon Wagner

Explore the Archive

  • Video: Luchita Mullican on Lee Mullican

    Video: Luchita Mullican speaks about the work of Lee Mullican, July 2011