Rebels in Paradise
The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960sBook - 2011
Chronicles the stories of artists who achieved international fame in 1960s Los Angeles, revealing how the city's non-established art scene and innovative, liberal culture attracted and helped forge the influential careers of such figures as Ed Ruscha, David Hockney and Robert Irwin. 35,000 first printing.
The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los Angeles
Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young artists liked about it, among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Freedom from an established way of seeing, making, and marketing art fueled their creativity, which in turn inspired the city. Today Los Angeles has four museums dedicated to contemporary art, around one hundred galleries, and thousands of artists. Here, at last, is the book that tells the saga of how the scene came into being, why a prevailing Los Angeles permissiveness, 1960s-style, spawned countless innovations, including Andy Warhol's first exhibition, Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective, Frank Gehry's mind-bending architecture, Rudi Gernreich's topless bathing suit, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider, even the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Doors, and other purveyors of a California style. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of cool.
Chronicles the stories of artists who achieved fame in 1960s Los Angeles, revealing how the city's non-established art scene and innovative, liberal culture helped forge the careers of such figures as Ed Ruscha, David Hockney and Robert Irwin.