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A Seed of Modernism: The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-1953

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Cultural Writing. Art. California History. A SEED OF MODERNISM chronicles the vibrant artwork that came out of the Art Students League of Los Angeles, one of the city's earliest art schools. Explorative, bold, and visionary, the league was influential in the formation of Los Angeles's distinct contemporary aesthetic. For years, pre-WWII Los Angeles was thought of as a cultural desert, but in fact the artistic community was both vibrant and ambitious. Initially a series of informal sketch classes, the league gradually grew into a center of creative exploration that fostered a fearless approach to art and launched friendships, scandals, rivalries, and even marriages. Many members found inspiration in Los Angeles's burgeoning immigrant cultures, some incorporating Japanese themes and techniques to create a unique aesthetic, and the league itself had a strong contingent of immigrant artists. Japanese American league members who were interned during WWII at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, formed a branch of the Art Students League there. Published in collaboration with the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

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Accompanying an exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art from January to April 2008, this volume records the artwork that emerged from the Art Students League of Los Angeles from 1906 to 1953. Following three essays on the history, experimental style, and Asian influences, Japanese-American artists, and legacy of the group, 56 color plates are provided. Other paintings and photos are woven throughout the text, and selected artist biographies and photos or paintings of them conclude the book. South is curator at the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the U. of North Carolina at Greensboro. Yoshiki-Kovinick is a writer, researcher, lecturer, and co-author of An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Armstrong- Totten is an independent researcher formerly with the Getty Research Institute's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


The definitive survey of an influential early LA modern art school. Catalog of show

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Heyday Books
Modernism (Art)
Armstrong-Totten, Julia
South, Will
Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian
Art, american
History : General
Art, American - California - 20th century
Art Students League of Los Angeles
General Art
Art-History and Criticism
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11.02x8.46x.49 in. 1.45 lbs.

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