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Made in Los Angeles: Materials, Processes, and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism

Made in Los Angeles: Materials, Processes, and the Birth of West Coast Minimalism
Library Shelf Location 14.USLA
Publication Date 2016
Description
  • "In the 1960s, a group of Los Angeles artists fashioned a body of work that has come to be known as the "LA Look" or West Coast Minimalism. Its distinct aesthetic is characterized by clean lines, simple shapes, and pristine reflective or translucent surfaces, and often by the use of bright, seductive colors. This volume, the first to provide a detailed study of the role of materials and processes in the advent of these truly indigenous Los Angeles art forms, focuses on four pioneering artists whose approach, often borrowed from other industries, featured the use of synthetic paints and resins as well as industrial processes to create objects that are both painting and sculpture. The author uses the methods of technical art history to inform her investigation of conservation issues associated with their work, thereby illuminating challenges facing the conservation of contemporary art in general."--Back cover.
  • In the 1960s, a group of Los Angeles artists fashioned a body of work that has come to be known as the LA Look or West Coast Minimalism. Its distinct aesthetic is characterized by clean lines, simple shapes, and pristine reflective or translucent surfaces, and often by the use of bright, seductive colors. While the role of materials and processes in the advent of these truly indigenous Los Angeles art forms has often been commented on, it has never been studied in depth until now. "Made in Los Angeles" focuses on four pioneers of West Coast Minimalism Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Craig Kauffman, and John McCracken whose working methods, often borrowed from other industries, featured the use of synthetic paints and resins as well as industrial processes to create objects that are both painting and sculpture. Bell, for example, coated plate glass with films of material that alter the way the light is absorbed, reflected, and transmitted, while Kauffman employed a process usually reserved for commercial signs for his work. McCracken coated plywood with fiberglass then spray painted it with countless layers of automotive paints, and Irwin spray-painted discs of hammered aluminum or vacuum-formed plastics. The detailed study of each artist s work is presented in the context of the emergence of modern art in Los Angeles, the burgeoning mid-twentieth-century gallery scene, and the light-infused LA cityscape. Initially undertaken as part of the Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A.1945 1980 initiative, this volume combines technical art history and scientific analysis to investigate conservation issues associated with the work of these artists, which are often emblematic of issues in the conservation of contemporary art in general."

 

ISBN 9781606064658
Quantity 1
Pages 193 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 26 cm.
Author Rachel Rivenc
Format Paperback
Publisher Getty Publications, Los Angeles
Category Art from a specific town/city/region
Keyword Minimalism
Related City/Region Los Angeles
Language English

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