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Pop L.A.
Author: Cecile Whiting

ISBN: 9780520256347
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 20 July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 1.7
Description:
Andy Warhol said about his road trip to Los Angeles in 1963: The farther West we drove, the more Pop everything looked on the highways." In this original and engaging book, Cecile Whiting examines what Pop looked like when it left the highbrow cloisters of Manhattan's art galleries and ventured westward to the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles. She finds that the artists who made California their home in the 1960s did not abandon their paint brushes for tennis rackets and surfboards, but rather created in their works a new and different sense of space, the urban experience, and popular culture.

Whiting shows how artists such as Vija Celmins, Llyn Foulkes, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, and Judy Chicago helped to shape the identity of Los Angeles as an emerging art center, while avoiding in their representation of the city the cliches of both its boosters and its detractors. Delving deep into the southern California aesthetic sensibility,Pop L.A. recounts how the artists transformed the image of the city in works that focused on the ocean and landscape, suburban life, dilapidated houses in aging neighborho...

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