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Art, Politics, and Dissent: Aspects of the Art Left in Sixties America
"Art, Politics and Dissent" provides a counter history to conventional accounts of American art. Close historical examinations of particular events in Los Angeles and New York in the 1960s are interwoven with discussion of the location of these events, normally marginalized or overlooked, in the history of cultural politics in the United States during the postwar period.
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 16th 2000 by Manchester University Press
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Radically uneven book, split between chapters that provide useful historical material on the tangled relationship between art and politics in the Sixties and unfortunate passages of academic abstraction. I learned quite a bit about the Peace Tower in LA and Angry Arts week in NYC, along with filling in the early history of Artforum magazine. A fair amount of repetition and the absence of any real attempt to tie the chapters together gives it the feel of a collection of essays gathered up and put ...more