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Jack Goldstein's recollections of the art world of the 1980s, along with many who knew him, is a sobering book. --Arthur Danto, The Nation, May 17, 2004

An essential contribution, packed with revealing disclosures, the book is biting, controversial, contradictory, hilarious, and riveting. --Mariah Corrigan, College Art Association Online Reviews, August 2, 2004

I am certain that Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is a first-rate contribution to the history of contemporary art. --David Carrier, artUS, June-August, 2004

About the Author

For over twenty years, Richard Hertz was in charge of the graduate programs at Art Center College of Design; prior to that, he taught for six years at Caltech and five years at CalArts. His other books include The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World, Theories of Contemporary Art, Ozuma in L.A., Desiring Machines, and Zeitmasse.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Minneola Press; First Edition edition (September 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964016540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964016545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2004
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This book is a must read for any artist, it is a realistic picture of the art world the way it was and the way things are done today. There is a poignancy in Jack Goldstein, and it is very moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Arning on July 14, 2013
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Goldtsein's recent retrospective made cLear that his achievements were vast but he was so consumed with his competitions resentments and addictions that he never enjoyed his successes - it's a cautionary tale every art student needs to read and consider ways to replace ego with community
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandmairene on October 13, 2014
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This is a very interesting book. It's Rashomon of the art scene of the'70s and the '80s. Of course, the stories told are rather subjective but important nevertheless as they give us insight into how the art scene worked during those decades and later when the visual arts were beginning to become influenced by the psychology and philosophy of the time and had become more an intellectual activity than visual or what had included the crafts and artisanship which got relegated to non-art status while interestingly art itself had been turned into non-art. But it's clear that the relationship between the artist and the patrons of the art had not changed. Only the type of people who support art seems to have gone through some dramatic changes. I find Jack's life really troubling and wonder about the role of teaching in art. - Nob.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Seed on September 26, 2012
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This book, which is based on oral histories, revolves around the life and career of artist Jack Goldstein. Although Goldstein ended his life in tragic fashion he was at one time a very driven artist who commanded real respect from his artistic circle. If you are interested in the vibe of 70s culture, and in the theory driven art that emerged from CalArts you will find it informative. The artists and CalArts "Mafioso" that author Richard Hertz interviews are not terribly likeable, but they provide a mix of fact and gossip that frame Goldstein's story effectively and even poignantly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.C on June 14, 2014
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This book is a must if you are at all interested in learning about the history of the California arts scene. It is rare to find such a well written collection of first hand accounts about artists growing up. Obviously, there is a bias and agenda to the book, but I think in this case thats a good thing, something that in itself should be questioned.
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