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New Titles
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Staff Picks



Pacific Standard Time


Southern California boomed and flourished in the postwar era of the 1950s and 60s, gaining an almost mythical status that continues to endure in the collective imagination - something even the social issues and racial tensions of recent decades have not diminished. Against this backdrop, a rich and diverse art scene developed that successfully blended popular culture, visionary art forms and social awareness, and became an international nexus of contemporary art represented by such artists as John Baldessari, Wallace Berman, Judy Chicago, Allan Kaprow, Mike Kelley, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar and other important figures.


In 2002, the Getty Research Institute initiated a research project titled "Pacific Standard Time" with the goal of documenting art in the greater Los Angeles area since 1945. The ambitious program set about uncovering the hidden history of this period and presenting it to a wider public through grants to various institutions that will culminate in a series of more than sixty concurrent exhibitions across Southern California starting in October 2011. Catalogues for many of these exhibitions have been announced and will be published in the months to come, including:



Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture 1950-1970, the flagship show of the Pacific Standard Time research project, will launch the exhibition series with its opening at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The show will feature paintings and sculptures produced by more than 50 Southern California-based artists from the late 1940s to the early 70s, with works from the Getty's own collection and those of other important national and international museums. The exhibition will travel to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, in the spring of 2012. (See Worldwide 34093)


Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco, which responded to socio-political developments in the Los Angeles area through a combination of public performance art and multimedia presentations. (See Worldwide 34116)


Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, a survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles that focuses on the second half of the 1970s and will feature works in a wide variety of media and styles by some 125 artists. The show will "seek to demonstrate how collective loss of faith in government and other institutionalized forms of authority yielded a pluralistic spirit of freedom and experimentation that reached its artistic apex in California, already a fertile ground for creativity and non-conformity." (See Worldwide 34087)image2


State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, and the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), takes a close look at Conceptual Art in California around 1970 through more than 150 art works by Ruppersberg, Wegman, Burden and many others. (See Worldwide 34095)


Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, to be held at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, brings together Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, two photographers whose creative approaches helped to establish photography as an essential element of contemporary art. (See Worldwide 34121)



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Artists' Names


Looking for an exhibition catalogue on a particular artist, but are not sure how to spell his or her name? Not to worry! All you need is the first letter of the last name and you can find it through our Artist Index page. Just click on the first letter of the last name, then scroll through the list until you find the right one. You can click on the name and get a full list of publications on the artist, or check multiple names and click the Display button. Most of the artists' names are cited in accordance with the Getty Union List of Artist Names. Please note that generally, artist names are not indexed for catalogues that document group shows of four or more artists.





Worldwide not only provides you with newly published exhibition catalogues and other books on art; we also have an extensive backlist of titles that date back to the early 1960s, many of which have long since gone out of print. Before turning to other vendors for a title that may be out of print, be sure to check our online database to find out what gems might be hiding in our warehouse. On our Web site you will also find a section that lists archival copies, alternate editions and other publications that are not included in our regular offerings, often at discounted prices. Maintaining a backlist also enables us to assist libraries with their ongoing collection development needs, and to compile comprehensive collections encompassing both older and recent titles for new libraries, as we did earlier this year for the library at the newly opened Hong Kong campus of Savannah College of Art and Design.



Monthly List in PDF


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