Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s
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Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s

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The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los Angeles

Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young artists liked about it, among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Freedom from an est...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Peter Clothier
I arrived in Southern California in the summer of 1968, in time for the last year of the 1960s decade. A poet, newly appointed to teach Comparative Literature at USC, I'd had little contact with the world of contemporary art--and therefore no idea at all that I had arrived here on the cusp of the transformation of Los Angeles from hick town at the opposite end of the country from the serious center of post-war art (New York) into a contestant for an estimable place in the international art scene...more
Suzanne
I enjoyed this for the hometown history as much as anything, so your results may differ. Contemporary art is not my favorite kind, although I learned a little here that will probably help me appreciate it a little more.

The theme of this book: Los Angeles in the late 50s/early 60s was a fertile proving ground for a new breed of iconoclastic artists who were determined to do their own thing, a goal realizable here because of the lack of history and lack of cultural expectations. No one was taking...more
Grady
An Illuminating Recreation of a Past History in Art

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp has long been one of the most reliable and articulate sources of art history in Southern California. Not that her purview is limited to Los Angeles and environs: she has written extensively for the best art journals in the country as well as the books 'Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe' (the definitive biography of this enigmatic artist) and 'Modernism Rediscovered: The Architectural Photography of Julius...more
Cyndie Todd
I loved the contemporary history in this book. It felt like a virtual walking tour during a virtual trip home.

I read this book back-to-back with Rosamund Bernier's Some of My Lives and the similarities and differences make a good pairing. Bernier's book is a memoir, but they both feature fun gossipy anecdotes within very short, loosely organized chapters. Bernier is more East coast/Europe, so Philp brings balance with the West coast. Lots of players to keep track of in both, but both rich in art...more
TinHouseBooks
Matthew Dickman (Poetry Editor, Tin House Magazine): Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. This book was so much fun to read! A quick, intelligent yet gossip filled, ride through one of the most dynamic and exciting moments in LA’s art scene. I read it twice!
Nicholle
Recommended read for modern art fans, this is a gossipy and rollicking romp through LA's bohemian heyday, before Warhol, Ruscha, the Ferus Gallery group et al became respectable household names.
Tutti
Very interesting read about the LA art scene. Take aways? Art in America doesn't only happen in NYC; and women artists are under-appreciated and underrepresented.
Abigail King
Fun, inspiring. Will make anyone want to drive west. Written in fan-style; no real critique but much gossip and description.
Gina
Very interesting, and kept thinking of the LACMA design show of the coming of age of CA.
The two weaved together in my mind.
Stephanie
The history of emerging modern and contemporary artists in the late 1950's through the 1960's in Los Angeles.
Sarah
East read that provides insights to LA's art scene then and now.
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Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is the author of Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe - "the definitive life of O'Keefe" (Los Angeles Times). She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a journalist and art critic for Art and Auction, ARTnews and the Los Angeles Times.
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