A Laguna Beach tradition, the Festival of Arts’s Pageant of the Masters has been enlisting volunteers to re-create famous works of art, from Hockneys to Leonardos, since 1933. The American photographer Matthew Rolston, a Warhol discovery who rose to fame in the 1980s alongside Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel, attended his first Pageant when he was eight, and has remained fascinated by its tableaux vivants. In this exhibition, Rolston zooms in on the Pageant volunteers who create those “living pictures.” Stripped from their context, Rolston’s portraits are at once haunting and moving. —J.V.
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