Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a reading and book signing with Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, author of Rebels in Paradise, on Sunday, October 30 at 3pm. Bring your own copy or purchase one at Offramp Gallery for the author to sign ($32.50 + tax).
The event will be held in the garden and light refreshments will be available for purchase. The event coincides with Offramp Gallery's exhibition, Susan Sironi: New ABCs: Altered Books & Collages.
Ms. Drohojowska-Philp’s narrative history of the emergence of Los Angeles as a national and international force in visual art during the period running from the mid-1950s through the 1960s has appeared on the Los Angeles Times bestseller list for non-fiction. She has written for numerous publications on the subject of visual art since the early 1980s, and her previous book, Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe is regarded and an essential work on that artist.
REBELS IN PARADISE: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s (Henry Holt and Company), by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, is the first definitive look at the rise of the Los Angeles art scene. In the 1960s, L.A. was the epicenter of cool. Sharing anecdotes from the artists and gallerists themselves, REBELS IN PARADISE reveals L.A.’s importance in the canon of art history.
Freed from the European establishment and the pressures and expectations of New York, the artists in L.A. cultivated their own compelling aesthetic and style. This new era spawned countless innovations, including Andy Warhol’s famed Campbell’s Soup Can exhibition; the work of Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, and John Baldessari; the architecture of Frank Gehry; and even the music of the Beach Boys, the Doors, and countless others.
As the contemporary art scene flourished, L.A. established itself as a hotbed for contemporary art. Today many of these artists are considered founders or innovators of the pop, minimal, and conceptual art movements, and many of their paintings and sculptures continue to define contemporary art throughout the world.
REBELS IN PARADISE opens the door to this madcap era and shares the stories, the relationships, and the exhibitions that propelled this group of artists to international fame.
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