The Cool School (WS)
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The doc will be most interesting to those with an interest in the sociology of artistic collectives/movements.
"The Cool School," however, is premised on a false conceit, and merely repeats the 30 year old publicity-tinged received wisdom that LA crossed the threshold into embracing modern art with Hopps, Ferus and their stable only in the early 1960s. This anti-historical claim is easily overturned by consulting the real modernist art history of Southern California.
A-list Modernist art was being done in Southern California since the 1920s by such pioneering modernists as Stanton McDonald Wright; and during the 1940s by abstractionist Lorser Feitelson and his wife, the surrealist/abstractionist Helen Lundeberg. All three were active into the 1970s. Serious modern-friendly galleries included the Stanley Rose Bookshop and Zeitlin & VerBrugge on La Cienega Blvd. (later, LA's gallery row); other modernist galleries included Earl Stendahl, Frank Perls and the very notable Jacob Landau.
The post-war period saw the rise of artists like Rico LeBrun (arrived in LA, 1938 - and in 2012, still no retrospective exhibition!), his pupil Howard Warshaw, and the anti-fascist Hungarian émigré social surrealist, Francis DeErdely, who taught at USC.Read more ›
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I love art, I love jazz, I love LA -- but I only managed to make it half way through The Cool School before I gave up and hit eject. The art looked abysmal... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Larkenfield
I was familiar with the artists and some of the work. I didn't know the bigger picture, however. This doc is informative, inspiring, and entertaining.Published on February 15, 2009 by Chazzo