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OUT OF SIGHT: THE LOS ANGELES ART SCENE OF THE SIXTIES. William Hackman. Other Press, New York, 2015. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 336 pp. with 43 ills. (17 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2014-36633 ISBN 9781590514115 In English.
Publisher's description: In the 1950s and 1960s L.A. witnessed a burst of artistic energy and invention rivaling New York's burgeoning art scene a half-century earlier. As New York Times art critic Roberta Smith has noted, it was a euphoric moment, at a time when East and West coasts seemed evenly matched. Out of Sight chronicles the rapid-fire rise, fall, and rebirth of the L.A. art scene -- from the emergence of a small bohemian community in the 1950s to the founding of the Museum of Contemporary Art in 1980 -- and explains how artists such as Ed Ruscha, Robert Irwin, and Ken Price reshaped contemporary art. William Hackman also explores the ways in which the L.A. art scene reflected the hopes and fears of postwar America both the self-confidence of an increasingly affluent middle class, and the anxiety produced by violent upheavals at home and abroad. Perhaps most of all, he pays tribute to the city that gave birth to a fascinating and until now overlooked moment in modern art.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 150611
Hardcover $27.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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