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WELCOME TO PAINTERLAND: BRUCE CONNER AND THE RAT BASTARD PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION. Anastasia Aukeman. University of California Press, Berkeley, 2016. 350 pp. with 110 ills. (41 col.). 26 x 19 cm. LC 2016-3687 ISBN 9780520289451 In English.
Publisher's description: The Rat Bastard Protective Association was an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists who lived and worked in a building they dubbed Painterland in the Fillmore neighborhood of mid-century San Francisco. The artists who counted themselves among the Rat Bastards -- which included Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Michael McClure, and Manuel Neri -- exhibited a unique fusion of radicalism, provocation, and community. Geographically isolated from a viable art market and refusing to conform to institutional expectations, they animated broader social and artistic discussions through their work and became a transformative part of American culture over time. Anastasia Aukeman presents new and little-known archival material in this authorized account of these artists and their circle, a colorful cultural milieu that intersected with the broader Beat scene.
Artist(s):Conner, Bruce
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 173870
Hardcover $49.95    

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