Daily Dose Pick: John Jonas Gruen

Photographer and author John Jonas Gruen’s candid portraits feature some of the most important American artists of the last 50 years ā€” usually at the beach.

The vast archives of Gruen’s culture criticism and elegant, intimate photography are now celebrated in a Whitney Museum exhibition. His pictures of legends like John and Yoko, Willem de Kooning, Maria Callas, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres serve as both fine art and an insider’s view of a time and place in East Coast art history.

Learn more about the Whitney exhibition, brush up on Gruen’s bygone Hamptons history, and buy a copy of his autobiography, Callas Kissed Me…Lenny Too!.

Click through below for a gallery of Gruen’s portrait photography.

Glenn Ligon, 1998. Courtesy of the Whitney Museum