Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond / Edition 1

Art of Engagement: Visual Politics in California and Beyond / Edition 1

by Peter Selz
     
 

Art of Engagement takes the first comprehensive look at the key role of California's art and artists in politics and culture since 1945. Tracing the remarkably fertile confluence of political agitation and passionately engaged art, Peter Selz leads readers on a journey that begins with the Nazi death camps and moves through the San Francisco Bay Area's free speech… See more details below

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Art of Engagement takes the first comprehensive look at the key role of California's art and artists in politics and culture since 1945. Tracing the remarkably fertile confluence of political agitation and passionately engaged art, Peter Selz leads readers on a journey that begins with the Nazi death camps and moves through the San Francisco Bay Area's free speech movement of 1964, the birth of Beat and hippie countercultures, the Chicano labor movement in the San Joaquin Valley, the beginning of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, the women's movement, and some of the most radical manifestations of gay liberation, Red Power, and environmental activism. He also deals with artists' responses to critical issues such as censorship and capital punishment. Selz follows California's outpouring of political art into the present with responses to September 11 and the war in Iraq. In the process, Selz considers the work of artists such as Robert Arneson, Sandow Birk, Hans Burkhardt, Enrique Chagoya, Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, Mark di Suvero, Llyn Foulkes, Rupert Garcia, Helen and Newton Harrison, Wally Hedrick, Suzanne Lacy, George Longfish, Hung Liu, James Luna, Martha Roster, Peter Saul, Miriam Schapiro, Allan Sekula, Masami Teraoka, and Carrie Mae Weems. Abundantly illustrated, Art of Engagement showcases many types of media, including photographs, found objects, drawings and prints, murals, painting, sculpture, ceramics, installations, performance art, and collage. Readers will come away from the book with a historical sense of the significant role California has played in generating political art and also how the state has stimulated politically engaged art throughout the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240537
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/09/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Peter Selz is Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his many books are Nathan Oliveira (California, 2002), Barbara Chase-Riboud, Sculptor (1999), Beyond the Mainstream (1996), and Art in Our Times (1981). Susan Landauer is Kate and Drew Gibson Chief Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art and the author of many books.

Table of Contents

Foreword
An overview : countering cultures : the California context1
Prologue : a personal view of the interaction of politics and art25
Introduction : paths to engagement29
1Against war and violence35
2Countercultural trends87
3On racism, discrimination, and identity politics129
4Toward a sustainable earth223

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