1970/1 Pasadena Art Museum With Warhol Wearing A Rudi Gernreich Dress. Artist DeWain Valentine. Venice Beach Studio. Art Scene LA. Updated 2/2/23

Around May 15, 1970, A Paige Young appearance at the Pasadena Art Museum was recorded by LA gossip columnist Marvene Jones and her photographer.

The occasion was a gala for the new Andy Warhol exhibit.

Warhol himself makes an appearance, obviously a big deal.

From the Los Angeles Evening Citizen 5/16/1970

Column #2 of article Richard Sample told me Paige was always barefoot. (And frequently topless)
Paige’s date for the Warhol opening, Bill Gardner, is shown on the set of the Jonathan Winters Show 67-69 CBS. Paige Young said in interviews that she was an extra on the Jonathan Winters show and Playboy After Dark. Both shows were filmed at CBS Television City at 7800 Beverly Blvd. on the corner of Fairfax Ave.

More on Paige’s date Bill Gardner.

William Louis Gardner

United States

William Louis Gardner was born in Minnesota and finished school there. He
joined the US Air Force and worked at the Pentagon in the Target Library of the world. Went on to the Pasadena Playhouse to learn television and movie making. He got a job with actress Marion Davies at her home. There He met a movie agent and started a career in Hollywood. William Louis Gardner has worked in Hollywood as the agent, personal secretary, PR advisor and manager for for Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Jill St.John, Bobby Van and director, John Huston. William Gardner is the author of two books, “Confessions of a Hollywood Agent,” and “The Games End.”

From Bill Gardner’s website.

According to the article, Paige Young and Andy Warhol discuss a role for Paige in an upcoming Andy Warhol film.

Marvene Jones also says that Mr. and Mrs. DeWain Valentine made up a foursome with Paige and Bill Gardner. Valentine had an exhibit of his large size cast polyester resin pieces at the Pasadena Art Museum, right along with an exhibit of Warhol’s use of repetitive images.

DeWain Valentine was a rapidly rising artist in the 1960s Venice art scene.

DeWayne Valentine in front of one of his work at art in the Market St. Studio

He was a major player in the new “Light and Space” art movement, along with artists Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Helen Pashgian, James Turrell, John McCracken, Fred Eversley, Doug Wheeler and more.

Many of these artists lived in Venice Beach due to the cheap rent.

A brief Background of the Los Angeles Art scene:

Before the Light and Space artists emerged, the Cool School or Ferus Gallery artists, had already established themselves beginning in the early 1950s. Many of them lived in Venice Beach, a dilapidated beach town dotted with oil rigs and and trash in the once beautiful canals. The rent was dirt cheap. Nobody in respectable society would want to live there and it was considered dangerous.

The Ferus Group, of (mainly) men, includes: Ed Keinholz, Wally Berman, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Craig Kauffman, and the curators and owners of the Ferus Gallery who helped bring them to renown, Walter Hopps and Irving Blum.

These artists loved the freedom to explore and experiment with their art because they far away from the competetive New York City Art scene the snobbish art critics.

Alongside the underground ground art scene in Venice Beach the 1950s and 60s. the “Beatnik Scene” was flourishing. Along with the Beatniks in San Francisco North Beach and Greenwich Village NYC., anew pop-cultural icon was born.

This was the beret wearing, cigarette smoking, poetry spouting, establishment thwarting Beatnik. They Beatniks started in San Francisco, Greenwich Village along with the LA version of Venice Beach..

The Ferus Gallery gang famously interacted with Warhol during his well documented stay in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Warhol drove with Taylor Mead, assistant Gerard Malanga and painter Wynn Chamberlain from NYC to LA. This was for Warhol’s 2nd showing and 1st appearance at Ferus. In fact it was Warhol’s first trip to LA.

Picture

The Ferus ‘Studs’ the new generation of artists, young abstract painters, ceramicists and assemblage makers who had been flying under the wire now were the featured artists at the Ferus Gallery.The Gallery was ripe for the adventurous artists who would set the new bar in contemporary styles. The Ferus Gallery had belief in the performance of their work and was one of the first galleries to support it.

Ferusgallery.com

For much more detail on this art movement which established the Los Angeles art scene as one on par with New York City or Europe, see the documentary “The Cool School,” available on Netflix.

The Light and Space movement emerged from the Cool School in the mid-1960s.

DeWain Valentine developed a type of polyester resin that allowed him to make large scale pieces like the one shown above. Previously the material would crack when making a piece this size: approx: 17 1/4x 17/4 x 7/8.

Richard Sample

told me that after he moved to a studio-home in Venice (late 1960s) he invited Paige to move in with him there.

I think it was his father, artist and western jewelry maker Charlie Sample, who was able to get Richard the studio space in Venice Beach.

I asked Richard the location and he said he could not remember it, but that it was close to the ocean and his artist neighbors and friends were DeWain Valentine and Larry Bell. (See Chapter: Interview with Richard Sample)

What Paige would have seen that night at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1970.

Paige refers to her “new Venice art studio” in several interviews with Playboy magazine and US newspapers in 1969 and 1970. (See chapter: Most Public Year 1969)

Richard Sample and Paige Young joined the community of Venice artists, but were “not working with the new materials,” to quote Paige in a 1969 interview. She was referring to her neighbors and friends, Valentine, Bell and Irwin, not named.

I have found location of this Venice studio: 62-68 Market St.

Research and interviews show that Robert Irwin lived across the street from Valentine. This was not mentioned by Richard Sample, I even asked him if he “knew Ed Ruscha or Robert Irwin” and some others. He did not recognize those names, he was definitive about Bell and Valentine.

Richard Sample’s niece Ellen remembers visiting her uncle and grandfather Charles Sample at the art studio/home in Venice. Charles also had a retail storefront in addition to his studio.

Richard and Ellen both recalled being able to see the beach from the studio. 62-68 Market St. is a large structure and was divided amongst many artists who rented their own studio according to Ellie. This is why the address lists a range of numbers.

Ellen, a child at the time, remembers hearing a lot about a man named “Valentine.”

Richard Sample is listed with an address of 63 Market St. Venice, in a newspaper marriage announcement, 1968.

Venice Evening Vanguard. Aug. 21 1968

Ellen texted me a story: her Uncle Richard sublet the Venice studio to Paige at one point.

Ellen recalls “tensions” with Paige and Ellen’s aunts about Paige. These women were the wives of Charles Sample and his sons.

Ellen said her own mother was not bothered by Paige living at the studio, but that she did “go with her sister-in-laws to see what was going on at the studio. ” Ellen says the most tense time was when Paige’s Playboy issue was currently and shortly after.

I asked Ellen if it was possible that this issue resulted in Paige being asked to leave, by Richard?

Ellen said she thought it was possible.

DeWain Valentine has spoken about this Venice studio in several art magazine interviews; the influence it had on his art and on the art of his many fellow famous artists. This includes Larry Bell and Robert Irwin, particularly the early years of the 1960s and 70s.

Brooklyn Rail 2019 found online.

DeWain Valentine lived in and eventually purchased the 62 -65 Market St. building.

Several records with his signature and name can be seen in public building archives from LA County, now available online. Copy of one seen below.

61-65 is the address listed.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 2: Artist Judy Chicago (L) and De Wain Valentine (R) pose during the Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 opening event held at the Getty Center on October 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/WireImage)

DeWayne Valentine spent a couple decades living and creating art in Hawaii as well.

He passed a year ago as I write this, February 2, 2022.

Here is how 62-68 Market St. looked in September of 2022. Sold by Valentine approx. 20 years ago.
The first white building facade you see in this clip, is Valentine’s studio, where Paige and Sample lived and worked for a while in 68/69. The ocean can be seen from the location on Market St., just as Ellen and Richard Sample described it. Larry Bell lived next door and Robert Irwin lived across the street where the arches are on the left.

From the Documentary “The Cool School.” Market St, where Valentine, Bell and Irwin had studios. And Richard Sample and Paige Young lived briefly.