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Sketchy Crowd

A sketchy crowd in Los Angeles.

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Meredith Metcalf

Photo By Tyler Boye

For young L.A.’s arty types, the New Image Art gallery’s opening of “Lead Poisoning,” an exhibition of pencil drawings by Ed Ruscha, Karen Finley and a host of lesser-known artists, provided the perfect excuse to vamp. While New York-based artist Masaki Kawai chose comfy trousers and a printed shirt, her friends went for ladylike pumps and dresses, and Marianna Palka went in for grandma chic — literally. “This is my grandmother’s old Scottish cashmere sweater,” she said.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Rowley, who stayed in New York, sent a sketch that was included in the show. But her piece championed the ultimate antifashion statement — nudity.

“Every week I draw nudes at my friend Will Cotton’s studio,” she said. “After designing clothes all day long, it’s fun to think about what’s underneath.”
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