Tuesday, August 09, 2011

"A Place of Perpetual Possibility and Infinite Invention"

"The book starts with two landmark events in fall 1963: the debut of Andy Warhol's portraits of Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, at Ferus Gallery, and the first retrospective exhibition of Dada artist Marcel Duchamp's work, organized by Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum. 'The back-to-back receptions in honor of Warhol and Duchamp invigorated the feisty Los Angeles art scene,' the author writes. The achievements of Duchamp, an eccentric outsider, encouraged adventurous young artists to blaze their own trails, while Warhol's endorsement of the L.A. scene heightened hopes that their work might gain recognition in New York and Europe."

Suzanne Muchnic in the Los Angeles Times reviews Hunter Drohojowska-Philp's Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s.

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