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Pop L.A.
Author: Cecile Whiting

ISBN: 9780520256347
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 4 August 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8 x 2.0
"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 t...

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