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Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia
     

Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia

by Richard Hertz
 
Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is the compelling story of artist Jack Goldstein and some of his classmates at CalArts, who in the early 1970s went to New York and led the transition from conceptualism to Pictures art, utilizing images from television and movies with which they had grown up. At the same time, they discovered an artworld increasingly consumed by

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Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is the compelling story of artist Jack Goldstein and some of his classmates at CalArts, who in the early 1970s went to New York and led the transition from conceptualism to Pictures art, utilizing images from television and movies with which they had grown up. At the same time, they discovered an artworld increasingly consumed by the desire for fame, fortune and the perks of success.

The book is anchored by Jack's narratives of the early days of CalArts and the last days of Chouinard; the New York art world of the 70s and 80s; the trials and tribulations of finding and maintaining success; his inter-personal relationships; and his disappearance from the art scene. Goldsteins's own recollections are complemented by the first person narratives of his friends, including John Baldessari, Troy Brauntuch, Rosetta Brooks, Jean Fisher, Robert Longo, Matt Mullican and James Welling. There are provocative portraits of many well known artworld personalities of the 80s, including Mary Boone, David Salle, and Helene Winer, all working in a time when "the competitive spirit was strong and often brutal, caring little about anything but oneself and making lots of money."

Editorial Reviews

Chris Kraus
"Beautifully constructed ... a project undertaken not just in memory of a person, but also to record an era that lives on."
David Carrier
"a first-rate contribution to the history of contemporary art."
Mariah Corrigan
"a biting, controversial, contradictory, hilarious, and riveting read ..."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013089303
Publisher:
Hol Art Books
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Hertz is a beachcomber, citrus farmer, educator, and writer. He taught for six years at the California Institute of Technology and for five at the California Institute of the Arts. For over twenty years, he served as director of the graduate programs at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he created the graduate programs in digital media, film, fine art, graphic design, and industrial design. He is the author of "Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia" and "The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World", and is currently at work on a third book about L.A. artists and the development of their creative and personal lives.

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