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Stanley Grinstein dies at 86; unlikely L.A. arts patron
Stanley Grinstein dies at 86; unlikely L.A. arts patron

Stanley Grinstein, who played a pivotal role in the art scene in Los Angeles as it was evolving in the 1960s and '70s, was an unlikely candidate for that role. He was not an artist or even, at the beginning, a collector. He was in the forklift business and had a great fondness for USC football. But in 1952, Grinstein got married and he and his wife, Elyse, went in search of a pastime they could mutually enjoy. "They were looking for something they could do together, some kind of common ground," said their daughter Ayn Grinstein. "It turned out to be art." As the hobby grew serious, Stanley Grinstein co-founded Gemini G.E.L., a seminal art print firm where a...

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