[Item #5213] Northern California Art of the Sixties. Robert Arneson, Bruce Conner, Wayne Thiebaud, Lagoria. Georgianna M., Fred Martin.
Northern California Art of the Sixties
Northern California Art of the Sixties
Northern California Art of the Sixties

Northern California Art of the Sixties

Santa Clara: University of Santa Clara, 1982. First Printing. Softcover. "The 1960s were years of change, freedom, and reaction against tradition. This movement toward liberation of the mind and body was felt nationwide and worldwide, but started here on the West Coast and became practically synonymous with San Francisco. However, although the world was looking toward San Francisco at this time, the "art world" was not. San Francisco and the surrounding area have been largely ignored by critics and writers on contemporary art. In California, the emphasis has been placed on Los Angeles, where the pervasive hard-edged minimalism of the period had a closer affiliation with artists working in similar modes in New York. In part, the purpose of 'Northern California Art of the Sixties' is to look at the art of Northern California...survey its developments, clarify the lines of influence between artists, and reflect the energy and excitement which brought about these changes" (Abridged quotation from Introduction, by Georgianna M. Lagoria). This intriguing exhibition catalog--as its Editor-Curator, Georgianna M. Lagoria notes in the introduction quoted above--makes an important contribution to charting the history of the visual art of that period; its development, its stylistic attributes, its attendant artistic philosophies, & more. It features several Beat-associated names, but notably absent (understandingly, on account of the L.A. exclusion mentioned in Lagoria's introduction) is Wallace Berman (1926-1976), whose influence seems to loom large over much of this. Berman associate Wally Hedrick (1928-2003) does appear, however, as does Beat-affiliated artist, Bruce Conner (1933-2008). The only other creature of the Beat nebula that appears here is the artist, Jess, known primarily for his association with the Beat/SFR/Black Mountain-affiliated poet, Robert Duncan (1918-1988). The other massive influence on this--again, quite explainable given the Artistic Nuclear Bomb that was the 1963 Duchamp retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum--is the visionary French Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968). All in all, "Northern California Art of the Sixties" does an important service to its readers; providing a new angle from which we might re-estimate the progression of not only the visual art of the period, but the scope and span of its influence. Softcover original: First (and only) Printing, as indicated on "Credits" page, printed on recto of back cover. Softcover in illustrated wrappers: First Printing (although not explicated as such, &) issued in conjunction with/for an exhibition of the same name. Book in strong near fine condition with only moderate shelf-wear to fine-edges & corners of front, back covers; moderate-to-pronounced exhibits of rubbing & age-typical toning, yellowing-browning to same; some bleeding from what appears to be binder's glue from the perfect binding job along leftmost fine-edge of front cover; errant blue pen mark at bottommost fine-edge of front cover near bottom right-hand corner of same. Near Fine. [Item #5213]

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