Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia

Jack Goldstein and the CalArts Mafia
Library Shelf Location 18.GOLD
Publication Date 2011
Description This book is the fantastic, compelling story of artist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003) and some of his classmates at CalArts, who in the early 1970s went to New York and led the transition from conceptualism to Pictures art, utilizing images from television, movies and other media with which they had grown up with. At the same time, they discovered an artworld increasingly consumed by the desire for fame, fortune and the perks of success. The book is anchored by Jack's own narratives of the early days of CalArts and the last days of the Chouinard Art School; the New York art world of the 1970s and 80s; the trials and tribulations of finding and maintaining success; personal relationships; and Jack's disappearance from the art scene. They are complemented by the first person narratives of Jack's friends, including Baldessari, Brauntuch, Brooks, Longo, Mullican and Welling. There are provocative portraits of many well known artworld personalities of the 1980s, including Mary Boone, David Salle, and Helene Winer, all working in a time when "the competitive spirit was strong and often brutal, caring little about anything but oneself and making lots of money." Oh, yea there's sex, drugs and rock-and-roll too. Has anything changed? Second printing includes new interview between Hertz and Catherine Chevalier titled "Shaping, Structuring, and Editing the Past."
ISBN 0964016540
Quantity 1
Pages 237pp
Author Richard Hertz
Format Paperback
Publisher Minneola Press
Related Artist Jack Goldstein
Categories Surveys of Modern & Contemporary Art, Art from a specific town/city/region, Artist Biography
Related Cities/Regions New York, Los Angeles, California
Artist's Nationality American (USA)
Language English

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