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The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young artists liked about it, among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Freedom from an established way of seeing, making, and marketing art fueled their creativity, which in turn inspired the city. Today Los Angeles has four museums dedicated to contemporary art, around one hundred galleries, and thousands of artists. Here, at last, is the book that tells the saga of how the scene came into being, why a prevailing Los Angeles permissiveness, 1960s-style, spawned countless innovations, including Andy Warhol's first exhibition, Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective, Frank Gehry's mind-bending architecture, Rudi Gernreich's topless bathing suit, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider, even the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Doors, and other purveyors of a California style. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of cool.

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"Innovative museum director Walter Hopps began his ascent to art world acclaim 50 years ago, when he championed such artists as Ed Ruscha, ,Judy Chicago, and Ed Kienholz. Back then, Los Angeles had no modern art museum and few galleries. Today, the city has four contemporary art museums and hundreds of galleries. The scene in between is brilliantly illuminated by art critic Drohojowska-Philp (Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe). Hopps kick-started it all in 1963 by staging Andy Warhol's show of 32 soup can paintings ('turning the gallery into a grocery store of sorts') and mounting a hugely influential Marcel Duchamp exhibition, all work new to younger L.A. artists and collectors. Employing a free associative writing style, Drohojowska-Philp skillfully interlinks the art movement with news events and cultural milestones in film, fashion, novels, theater, and music, from Frank Gehry's architecture to the Watts riots. Having interviewed many of the participants, she introduces David Hockney and others with in-depth profiles and colorful anecdotes. Recreating an electric era when the art world made an axis shift, Drohojowska-Philp successfully paints a Day-Glo image of those days when anything seemed possible. B&w illus. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is the author of Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, considered the most definitive biography of the popular artist. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a journalist and art critic for Artnet, ARTnews and the Los Angeles Times.

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Robert Boyd, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Robert Boyd)
Rebels in Paradise is art history without tears. Hunter Drohojowska Philp concentrates on the personalities and the scene, letting us understand the art through the context it was created in. The book is episodic and built around studies of individual artists. I'm used to reading art history that takes a view from 10,000 feet--where the local conditions didn't matter because it's all about how a certain body of work fits into a certain theoretical framework. On the other hand, artist biographies by their nature focus on a single individual, who is heroic, anti-heroic, flawed, whatever. What is so appealing about this book is that it captures the feeling of a time and place. It deals with the artists, to be sure, but gives equal prominence to the neighborhoods (Venice Beach), the galleries (Ferus), the schools (Chouinard), the watering holes (Barney's Beanery), etc., that helped form the remarkable art produced in L.A. during the 60s.
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ISBN:
9780805088366
Author:
Drohojowska Philp, Hunter
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Author:
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter
Subject:
American
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20-25 bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Innovative museum director Walter Hopps began his ascent to art world acclaim 50 years ago, when he championed such artists as Ed Ruscha, ,Judy Chicago, and Ed Kienholz. Back then, Los Angeles had no modern art museum and few galleries. Today, the city has four contemporary art museums and hundreds of galleries. The scene in between is brilliantly illuminated by art critic Drohojowska-Philp (Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe). Hopps kick-started it all in 1963 by staging Andy Warhol's show of 32 soup can paintings ('turning the gallery into a grocery store of sorts') and mounting a hugely influential Marcel Duchamp exhibition, all work new to younger L.A. artists and collectors. Employing a free associative writing style, Drohojowska-Philp skillfully interlinks the art movement with news events and cultural milestones in film, fashion, novels, theater, and music, from Frank Gehry's architecture to the Watts riots. Having interviewed many of the participants, she introduces David Hockney and others with in-depth profiles and colorful anecdotes. Recreating an electric era when the art world made an axis shift, Drohojowska-Philp successfully paints a Day-Glo image of those days when anything seemed possible. B&w illus. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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