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Arts patron and Gemini G.E.L. co-founder Elyse Grinstein dies at 87; brought artists together in the '60s and '70s

Arts patron and Gemini G.E.L. co-founder Elyse Grinstein dies at 87; brought artists together in the '60s and '70s

The art parties at Elyse and Stanley Grinstein’s sprawling, Spanish-style home in the 1960s and ’70s were legendary. They would rent a jukebox and clear out the living room furniture for wild dancing that would continue into the wee hours. Artists and entertainers would come from around Los Angeles or fly in from as far as New York for the soirees. Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, Robert Rauschenberg, Mick Jagger, Philip Glass — many would stay at the house for weeks, long after the jukebox had stopped and the salami and cheese had been devoured.

Creating community around the L.A. art scene was central to the life of Elyse Grinstein, the architect,...

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