This exquisite & historic new catalog from 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, CA, investigates alternative art spaces throughout LA. Thoughtfully written and gorgeously designed, I keep wondering who the sexy guy is on the cover?! This beautifully produced book will soon become a must have for all LA historians & art catalog junkies. I love my copy & you can't beat the price!
This book is a thoughtful look at the ways artists have self-organized in Southern California since the 1970's in artist run spaces, collaborative projects, and alternative systems of exchange. The book contains informative essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Clayton Campbell, Dorit Cypis, Alex Donis and Linda Frye-Burnham, a weighty list of artists who experienced this time and art historians who study this time period.
18th Street Art Center is a crucial and stimulating moderator of art practices. And at the core of their brilliant and inspiring catalog (for Pacific Standard Time) are models of the kind of collaboration and collectivity that result in notable works of art. So often collaboration is viewed as a political process, and only in that capacity useful to art makers. But this collection examines the ways collaboration taps creative capacities in ways not usually expressed in a culture still dominated by the image of the artist as an heroic and very individual genius.
This is a delightful catalogue with essays by several experts. It is lucid and easily readable giving important information about a very significant movement where artists took charge of the lack of available places to show their work and created their own. These sites were venues for the most urgent new technologies emerging art unconsciousness.