Barely an artist/curator he is hardly qualified to review a b&w Art Exhibit, but, you know, fake it till you make it seems to work well in L.A., so ...
Is Yossi Govrin a genius? Who would have the guts to ask photographers to give up good (to great) 8 x 10 b&w prints for $25 price fixed? (Er, if sold.) Well, he bit and submitted five of his best. 134 of his contemporaries submitted some great stuff also.
Who would turn out in droves to peruse such an event? Well, about half of the photo intelligencia in Santa Monica, by the looks of it, and while there, they managed to buy 12 pictures on one wall alone @ $50 each. Pretty smart buyers, no? (See the picture "High-key models)
He posted here some of the pictures he liked the best, not as a photographer, just stuff he was keen on. And, since he knew not the artist who made them, nor the titles, he just appended names so the Artslant editor/censor/dictator software would accept them.
Oh, the mystery of the theme or exhibit name: "Through the eyes of Mona Lisa," was divulged. As we entered the event, we were given masks with the picture of Mona Lisa, and little cut out of the eyes which enabled him to see out. So, like a Venice ball, around people went, all looking alike for a grand moment.
At the event, Saturday night, everyone was taking pictures of the art--or, maybe--they were phoning the pictures to their pals, who must have been so excited they jumped into their partially-charged Prius' and boogied down to the Airport. What the heck, free-flowing wine and bargain basement art is irresistible, n'est pas?