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October 2011

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Pacific Standard Time is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs. Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from Modernist architecture and design to multimedia installations; from L.A. Pop to Post-Minimalism; from the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist happenings of the Woman's Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists' collectives. Initiated through $10 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time involves cultural institutions of every size and character across Southern California, from Greater Los Angeles to San Diego and Santa Barbara to Palm Springs. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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In This Issue:

Pacific Standard Time
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Notes toward a Conditional Art
The Joys of Collecting

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Pacific Standard Time
Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980
Edited by Rebecca Peabody, Andrew Perchuk, Glenn Phillips, and Rani Singh,
with Lucy Bradnock
Pacific Standard Time

"As a journal of record, the volume fills in innumerable lacunae. The post-war New York art scene has dominated the text books for far too long; this necessary resource redresses the balance with authority, wit and academic rigour, convincing the reader that it is indeed time for this history to be set down."
Art Newspaper

"The book is heavy on gorgeous reproductions of iconic L.A. artwork, and, ambitious in scale and scope, represents a significant effort and achievement."
Publishers Weekly

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The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California
Edited by Leah Lehmbeck
Norton Simon Museum
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Extensively illustrated and with essays by both established print scholars and new voices, this volume introduces the printmaking pioneers who nurtured an environment suitable for the founding of the country's most significant print shop and addresses the spectacular spread of printmaking from its modern beginnings in Southern California within the larger narrative of postwar American art. In the 1950s, the print world in Los Angeles was small but active. It was made of artists, educators, collectors, and curators whose collaboration led to the triumphant founding of the Tamarind Lithography Workshop led by June Wayne in 1960. The first goal of the workshop was to "create a pool of master artisan-printers in the United States" to revive the medium of fine art lithography. The story goes on to include two other major workshops—Gemini G.E.L. and Cirrus Editions—plus artists working independently and the academic printmaking community. An accompanying exhibition, part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative, will be on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena through April 2, 2012.

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Notes toward a Conditional Art
Robert Irwin
Introduced and edited by Matthew Simms
Notes toward a Conditional Art

Robert Irwin began his career in the 1950s as an abstract painter. As a pioneer of the Light and Space movement in Los Angeles in the 1970s and early 80s, Irwin focused on exploring aesthetic perception as the fundamental feature of art, culminating in what he terms "conditional art" or "site-conditioned work." In addition to being a prolific artist, Irwin has been an active writer throughout his career. This book includes previously published pieces along with a significant selection of writings published for the first time. The texts cover a diverse terrain such as the lessons of modern art, Irwin's philosophy of teaching, and his understanding of art as a form of pure inquiry, presenting the reader with an overview of his unique perspective within the broad discourse of postwar American art. The book makes clear that writing as a reflection on aesthetic questions is an integral element of Irwin's multifaceted art practice.

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The Joys of Collecting
J. Paul Getty

In 1965, shortly after founding his namesake museum in Malibu, California, J. Paul Getty (1892-1976) penned a reminiscence about "the romance and zest—the excitement, suspense, thrills, and triumphs—that make art collecting one of the most exhilarating and satisfying of all human endeavors." Newly republished, this book offers a fascinating portrait of an idiosyncratic and highly personal passion for art.

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The Joys of Collecting

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