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Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 Hardcover – September 29, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel Publishing (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791351397
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791351391
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This comprehensive survey examines the fertile and diverse output of California artists during an extraordinary period of American history.

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PAUL SCHIMMEL is Chief Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and curator of Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981. LISA GABRIELLE MARK was formerly Director of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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As curator MOCA Paul Schimmel states, UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN, a major part of the Art in Los Angeles Retrospective and contemporary series of exhibition throughout the Los Angles Basin museums, theaters, and galleries through the course of a year (collectively called (PACIFIC STANDARD TIME), is 'a story of artistic diversity erupting from social upheaval.' This enormous show (500 works by 139 artists) addresses the explosive emergence of pluralism in art. Pluralism, rather than a single movement like 1950s Abstract Expressionist painting or 1960s Finish Fetish sculpture, recognizes that artistic energy is broad and diverse. The century-long linear march of Modern art styles, never very convincing, finally fell apart. As one art critic has summarized 'What caused the crack-up? The title -- "UBBS" for short -- gives a clue, coming from a 1982 album by L.A. punk band X. The show focuses on the period's disturbing social and political climate. Its dates bracket Richard Nixon's ouster from the presidency in 1974 and Ronald Reagan's unlikely inauguration in 1981. These two California Republicans, their presidential tenures coinciding with the statewide emergence of a Democratic majority, are emblematic of a conflicted time. The exhibition opens with a savvy display of Nixon's resignation speech and Gerald Ford's controversial pardon order, absolving the disgraced leader of legal threats. Surrounding paintings and sculptures focus on trauma, grief and decay.'

The book/catlogue for this compelling exhibition is an artwork in and of itself.
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