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Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia is anchored by Jack's reflections, dramatized by Hertz into first person narratives, of the early days of CalArts and the last days of Chouinard; the New York artworld; the trials and tribulations of finding and maintaining success; his inter-personal relationships; and his disappearance from the art scene. They are complemented by the ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published September 26th 2011 by Minneola Press (first published 2003)
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Peaches Dienstag
Apr 21, 2014 Peaches Dienstag rated it really liked it
This book is an authentic account of the rise of contemporary art in the 1970s and 1980s. At its center is the anti-hero Jack Goldstein who was a promising star of his generation who never fulfilled his potential. I love that this book is narrated from the perspective of Jack and many other artists of the era. It tells a tale of how they struggled with their inner creativity and the outside pressures of the art world as it became increasingly institutionalized. It is also incredibly chilling tha ...more
Frenchy
Aug 17, 2008 Frenchy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everybody
The best book ever written/published about the artworld ever. Should be a mandatory read for all art Grad students, along with the viewing of Paul McCarthy's Painter video.
I read it about once a year, it's also a great resource for the Los Angeles art scene at the end of the Sixties and beginning of the Seventies.
Andrew
Feb 16, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
The most truthful, telling book about the inner workings of the art world that I've ever read. It moves between the recollections of Goldstein's peers and the artist's description of his rise and fall. I hear that this is hard to find, out of print, so definitely keep an eye out.
Tosh
Feb 16, 2008 Tosh marked it as to-read
A book that is much talked about but never seen. Almost an Urban Myth than book. Every art dealer from NY asks me about this book, and one can barely see its history of being printed. It is supposed to be the ultimate inside view of 80's Art.
Julie
Jan 24, 2008 Julie rated it really liked it
personal accounts of historical moments are always so fabulously juicy, the tabloid version of things we are too high brow or low brow to admit wanting. read this to find out all about jack goldstein's drug addiction! his torrid relationships! and the art-theory puppy mill at CalArts!
Roger
Aug 30, 2008 Roger rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: calartians
Recommended to Roger by: Richard Hertz Lecture
...read this straight through. Who doesn't like a little gossip and inspiration tease now and then.
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