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State of mind : New California art circa 1970 /
Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss ; with additional essays by Julia Bryan-Wilson and Anne Rorimer.
imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2011.
description
xi, 281 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520270614 (hbk.), 9780520270619 (hbk.)
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Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2011.
isbn
0520270614 (hbk.)
9780520270619 (hbk.)
general note
"Published with the assistance of the Getty Foundation University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Orange County Museum of Art."--T.p.
catalogue key
8238369
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 272) and index.
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"There is not a trace of the provincial nor the apologetic in the tone of the State of Mind texts. Rather there is a justified claim for the sophisticated originality of this Californian art--sophisticated because the authors have convincingly argued that the artists, for the most part, had many conscious connections and familiarity with art from the rest of the country and Europe, yet were driven by a desire to be independent and different." --Moira Roth, editor and contributor, The Amazing Decade: Women and Performance Art in America 1970-1980 " State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 is an essential overview of the rich and complex moment when California assumed its role as a leading center for the making and exhibition of the kind of adventurous and progressive art that immediately fascinated the world, and over the years has come to define a generation and a region. An unmatched source of hard-to-find primary images combined with thought-provoking critical essays, this book can easily function as a standard text on this subject." --David Ross, former director of SFMOMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and currently Chairman of the MFA program in Art Practice at The School of Visual Arts
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
Published in conjunction with a joint exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, this catalogue is an excellent contribution to the recent, growing body of literature on both conceptual art and art produced in California after 1960. The four essays offer valuable insights into artistic practices throughout California, but the strength of the texts lies in their tying together the common threads of artistic practices in northern and southern California. Co-curator Lewallen offers a rich description of the work of both well-known and lesser-known artists, including often-neglected Chicano artists. Co-curator Moss provides a thorough and much-needed account of the alternative art spaces, galleries, and publications, but she also details the role that they (and universities) played in furthering conceptual art. Bryan-Wilson examines how identity politics, particularly feminism and gay liberation, inform and materialize in conceptual art. Rorimer presents a broader look, situating these art practices within the wider national and international movement. Well written and lavishly illustrated, this book will appeal to art historians and scholars of conceptualism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. J. H. Noonan Caldwell College
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"Informative and well written."-- Orange County Register
"Makes for conceptual art's continued influence on contemporary art."
"Makes for conceptual art's continued influence on contemporary art."-- Public Art Review
"Will leave [locals] . . . wondering how they failed to notice so much provocative activity - a lot of it very public - when it occurred."
"Will leave [locals] . . . wondering how they failed to notice so much provocative activity - a lot of it very public - when it occurred."-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Informative and well written."
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Summaries
Main Description
State of Mind , the lavishly illustrated companion book to the exhibition of the same name, investigates California's vital contributions to Conceptual art--in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern California Conceptual art scenes and argue that Conceptualism's experimental practices and an array of then-new media--performance, site-specific installations, film and video, mail art, and artists' publications--continue to exert an enormous influence on the artists working today. Exhibition dates: Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), October 9, 2011 -- Jan. 22, 2012 UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), February 29 -- June 17, 2012.
Main Description
State of Mind , the lavishly illustrated companion book to the exhibition of the same name, investigates California's vital contributions to Conceptual art--in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern California Conceptual art scenes and argue that Conceptualism's experimental practices and an array of then-new media--performance, site-specific installations, film and video, mail art and artists' publications--continue to exert an enormous influence on the artists working today. Since many of the new genres were ill suited to or disregarded by traditional art venues, artists are shown colonizing alternative sites, such as the city streets or non-art spaces, to find ways of fundamentally altering the conventional artist/viewer relationship. State of Mind features work not widely exhibited, as well as lesser-known pieces by well-established artists. It also recognizes highly influential practitioners who received relatively little critical attention at the time, including women and minorities. The result is an inclusive volume that provides a complex and lucid reading of this pivotal period in California art. Exhibition dates: Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), October 9, 2011 -- Jan. 22, 2012 UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), February 29 -- June 17, 2012.
Main Description
State of Mind , the lavishly illustrated companion book to the exhibition of the same name, investigates California's vital contributions to Conceptual art--in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern California Conceptual art scenes and argue that Conceptualism's experimental practices and an array of then-new media--performance, site-specific installations, film and video, mail art, and artists' publications--continue to exert an enormous influence on the artists working today.
Main Description
"State of Mind," the lavishly illustrated companion book to the exhibition of the same name, investigates Californias vital contributions to Conceptual art--in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern California Conceptual art scenes and argue that Conceptualisms experimental practices and an array of then-new media--performance, site-specific installations, film and video, mail art, and artists publications--continue to exert an enormous influence on the artists working today.
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'State of Mind' investigates California's vital contributions to conceptual art - in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern conceptual art scenes.

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