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Pop L.A. : Art and the City in the 1960s - Cecile Whiting

Pop L.A.

Art and the City in the 1960s


Published: 4th August 2008
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"Pop L.A. maps the relation between a new urban and cultural space and the artists who confronted it and gave it form. Los Angeles in the 1960s in Cecile Whiting's smart and incisive study was home not only to a zany, outre popular culture but also to a Pop Art as expansive, crisscrossed, and de-centered as the city's entangled freeways and urban sprawl. Ruscha's photographs of gas stations and parking lots, Hockney's paintings of swimming pools and tract homes, Rodia's Watts Towers, and more--after this book, none will look the same."--Anthony W. Lee, Mount Holyoke College, author of Picturing Chinatown

"Sun, surf, sand, sex, strip malls, subdivisions: all are present in Cecile Whiting's trenchant anatomy of Pop Los Angeles. And all were central to the vision artists constructed of this protean city as a site of both pleasure and emptiness, speed and stasis. Some artists, however, went further, not merely representing the city, but intervening in it, and for Whiting, the results--whether a performance by Kaprow or a tower by Rodia--further demonstrate the wild diversity of a multicentric city that somehow seems both more and less than a circumscribable place."--Anne Wagner, author of Mother Stone: The Vitality of Modern British Sculpture

"In Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s, Cecile Whiting proves herself an expert guide to the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. From hot rods to parking lot Happenings, from the Watts Towers to Womanhouse, the book thrillingly remaps the multiple intersections of Pop art and Southern California in the 1960s and early 70s. Beautifully researched and written, Pop L.A. is a major work of modern art-historical scholarship. It is also one hell of a ride."--Richard Meyer, author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art

"From the Ferus Gallery to the Woman's Building, Cecile Whiting has fashioned an indispensable book. Thanks to her brilliant remapping, the landscape of art in Los Angeles will never look the same."--Kenneth E. Silver, author of Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera

"Pioneering... Whiting's project will be central to any further work on West Coast art in the postwar period." Art Journal (CAA)

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
For Purple Mountain Majestiesp. 19
Cruising Los Angelesp. 61
The Erotics of the Built Environmentp. 107
The Watts Towers as Urban Landmarkp. 139
L.A. Happenings and Performance Artp. 167
Conclusionp. 203
Notesp. 211
List of Illustrationsp. 241
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780520256347
ISBN-10: 0520256344
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 4th August 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.73