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SURF'S BEAT GENERATION: AN ART AND CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN ORANGE COUNTY FROM 1953-1964. Rhonda Gawthrop and Chrystal McCluney. Nicholas and Lee Begovich Gallery, California State University, Fullerton, 2016. Published by Grand Central Press, Santa Ana. 136 pp. with 93 ills. (63 col.). 32 x 25 cm. ISBN 9780935314991 In English.
Publisher's description: This publication documents the exhibition, Surf's Beat Generation: An Art and Cultural Revolution in Orange County from 1953-1964, at the Nicholas & Lee Begovich Gallery at Cal State Fullerton curated by Chrystal McCluney and Rhonda Gawthrop. The post-World War II influence of Beatnik poetry, jazz and art interpretation around the California Coast created a revolution in the Orange County surf world. This exhibition defines the connections between the Beat Culture of the 1950's to Surf Art and culture in Orange County. The Beats changed the mindset of a young generation leading to an anti-establishment and rebellious freedom into the 1960s. The parallel beat counter-culture movement of art, poetry and music formulated the beginning of modern surf art, which percolated in the coffee houses and cafes of Orange County; Sid's Blue Beat, Insomniac Cafe, Laguna's Cafe Frankenstein, The Light House, The Golden Bear and the Prison of Socrates. This exhibit recreates the feel of the early cafes along the Orange County Coast and includes work in music, art, poetry and advertising genres from 1953-1964. Surf's Beat Generation features the work of local influential artists Rex Brandt, Wayne La Com, Phil Dike, George James, Paul Darrow, Karl Benjamin, Andy Wing, Roger Kuntz and Milford Zornes.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 73,75
Worldwide Number: 082809
Paperbound $24.95    

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