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Los Angeles Art World Takes to the Tennis Court in Honor of Caravaggio

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On Saturday evening, L.A.’s art crowd got sporty. FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange) hosted a benefit for the current LACMA exhibition “Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy.” In addition to being a talented painter, the bad boy of the 16th century Italian art world was an avid tennis player. So, naturally the event was a tennis invitational and cocktail party featuring contemporary artists, curators, critics, and gallerists on the courts of the Los Angeles Tennis Club in Hancock Park.

“We wanted to avoid the usual wine and cheese event,” said Charlotte Eyerman, FRAME’s director of North America.

Players included LAXART curator Amanda Hunt, LAND director and curator Shamim M. Momin, and artists Karl Haendel and Gustavo Godoy. Competition was fierce as finalists Franklin Sirmans, department head and curator of contemporary art at LACMA, and artist Charles Gaines took to the court to play artist Friedrich Kunath and Gerard O’Brien of Reform Gallery (above).

As the rain started to fall, spectators sought out shelter and cheered for the players.  In the end, Kunath and O’Brien won the match, receiving round trip domestic plane tickets, VIP tickets to the Caravaggio exhibition, and copies of the show’s catalog.

— Yasmine Mohseni, ARTINFO Los Angeles

(Photos: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan.)

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