Pop L.A.: Art and the City in the 1960s


About the Author:
Cecile Whiting is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine

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About the Author:
Cecile Whiting is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the 1960s, Los Angeles became the physical embodiment of the Pop Art paintings then adorning Manhattan's art galleries and museums. The western city's architecture and art brought Pop Art themes and contexts to the next level, reflecting a physical environment that in itself was becoming Pop Art. Whiting (art history, Univ. of California, Irvine; A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender, and Consumer Culture) brings us the first in-depth examination of Los Angeles as both the focus of and inspiration for such art forms as photography, painting, and sculpture. She presents a strong collection of images that cover not just the expected sunny beaches but also Los Angeles's urban and suburban landscapes. What will stay with the reader is how this innovative depiction of a particular time and period in a city's history began to shape American cultural life in a way that still exists. Whiting's book, which excels in both entertaining and informing its readers, is recommended for larger academic libraries with strong art collections.-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Art Journal (CAA)
“Pioneering. . . Whiting’s project will be central to any further work on West Coast art in the postwar period.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520244603
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Cécile Whiting is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine, and author of A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender, and Consumer Culture (1997) and Antifascism in American Art (1989).

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Table of Contents

1 For purple mountain majesties 19
2 Cruising Los Angeles 61
3 The erotics of the built environment 107
4 The Watts Towers as urban landmark 139
5 L.A. happenings and performance art 167
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