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The Idea of the West

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“Sunsets over the Pacific…Surfers…Movie Stars…Coyotes in the street…Sex.” Doug Aitken’s The Idea of the West presents the collective response of 1000 people on the street who were asked “What is your idea of the West?” to create a manifesto from the quotes and comments of random individuals. Through an amazing assortment of over 200 color and black-and-white images juxtapo ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published November 13th 2010 by D.A.P /Distributed Art Publishers
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Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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1000 people were asked “What is your idea of the West?” in this project, which is a companion piece to the Museum of Contemporary Art's
"Artist's Museum" exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition features works by 146 artists who have helped shape the artistic dialogue in Los Angeles since the founding of MOCA over 30 years ago.

A pastiche of quotes and and images, particularly poignant responses to the question are paired with arresting images of sun, Steve McQueen, palm trees and more in this a
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Aitken’s body of work ranges from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations.[2][3] His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world, in such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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