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.

Elyse and Stanley Grinstein

Stanley Grinstein, Elyse Grinstein, and Sidney B. Felsen

Stanley Grinstein, Elyse Grinstein, and Sidney B. Felsen in the 1960s. Image courtesy of Stanley and Elyse Grinstein

Elyse and Stanley Grinstein have been generous patrons and supporters of artists in Los Angeles since the early 1960s. Elyse has worked for many years as an architect, and Stanley Grinstein was a co-founder with Sidney B. Felsen of the world-renowned printmaking workshop Gemini G.E.L. in West Hollywood. The Grinsteins have collected works by numerous artists from Southern California. They also helped introduce L.A. artists to a large network of international artists, both through their work in the studios of Gemini, and at the famed receptions and gatherings that the Grinsteins hosted at their home.

Works of Art

  • Topanga Seed

    Topanga Seed, 1969–70, Wallace Berman. Dolomite rock and transfer letters. 39 x 40 3/4 x 41 in. Collection of the Grinstein Family. Permission courtesy of the Estate of Wallace Berman and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles