Rebels in Paradise by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s

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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.

 

About Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

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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.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.. 288 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A freelance art critic and biographer (Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, 2004) surveys 1960s Los Angeles—its artists, art, museums, collectors, social movements, sexual mores, gender politics, drugs and dissipation.

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More important, in a book about “the Los Angeles scene,” she gives scant attention to cultural ferment in the Watts neighborhood, which, during the period she’s covering, was home to a lively group of young artists — including David Hammons, Noah Purifoy, Betye Saar, John Outterbridge and Melvin ...

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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.

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Rising By Lyn Kienholz California/International Arts Foundation, 509 pages, $125 Not to shortchange the art history, though: In 1955, Kauffman, Hopps and Jim Newman mounted an art exhibition on a canvas "wall"...

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Los Angeles Times

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After decades of neglect, Los Angeles art history is a hot topic.

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Rebels in Paradise recounts the story of how adventurous contemporary art developed in Los Angeles in the late 1950s, and how an "art scene" took off in the city during the '60s.

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Product Description The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los AngelesLos Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young a...

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