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Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)

Works: 800 works in 1,668 publications in 4 languages and 56,959 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Illustrated works  Exhibition, pictorial works  Catalogs 
Roles: Other, Editor, isb, his, Publisher, Organizer of meeting, Contributor
Classifications: N6490, 709.2
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High & low : modern art, popular culture by Kirk Varnedoe( Book )

5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Cindy Sherman : retrospective by Cindy Sherman( Book )

11 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,073 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This comprehensive catalogue traces the career of Cindy Sherman, examining her achievements as one of the leading American artists of our time. By exploring the myriad constructions of female identity and the body in our culture, Sherman imitates and confronts assorted representational stereotypes, becoming for many an icon of the contemporary concerns of feminism and postmodernism. Essayists Amada Cruz, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, and Amelia Jones offer keen insight and observations from several distinct vantage points, demonstrating that Sherman's work is a lens through which to view contemporary art and its ongoing concern with the profound issues of the structures of the self. More than 200 images show the breadth of Sherman's body of work, from the Untitled Film Stills of the 1970s to series such as Centerfolds, Fashion, Disasters, Fairy Tales, and History Portraits, as well as photographs influenced by surrealist artists. Also included are intriguing excerpts from Sherman's notebooks, selections from her contact sheets, and numerous Polaroid studies, all of which shed light on the artist's process
Masters of American comics by Masters of American comics( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comic strips and comic books were among the most popular and influential forms of mass media in 20th-century America. This fascinating book focuses on fifteen pioneering cartoonists, ranging from Winsor McCay to Chris Ware, who brought this genre to the highest level of artistic expression and who had the greatest impact on the development of the form. Organised chronologically, Masters of 20th-Century American Comics explores the rise of newspaper comic strips and comic books and considers their artistic development throughout the century. Featuring a wide selection of original drawings as well as progressive proofs, vintage printed Sunday pages and comic books themselves, the authors also look at how the art of comics was transformed by artistic innovation as well as by changes in popular taste, economics and printing conventions. First appearing in newspaper Sunday supplements, the comic strip became immediately successful and created the largest audience of any medium of its time. subsequently established the mass popularity of superheroes in the 1940s and 1950s before it matured as a vehicle for independent personal expression in the underground comic books and graphic novels of the 1960s. Artists featured in Masters of 20th-Century American Comics: Winsor McCay 'Little Nemo', Lyonel Feininger 'Kin-der-Kids' and 'Wee Willie Winkie', George Herriman 'Krazy Kat', E.C. Segar 'Thimble Theatre starring Popeye', Frank King 'Gasoline Alley', Chester Gould 'Dick Tracy', Milton Caniff 'Terry and the Pirates', Charles Schulz 'Peanuts', Will Eisner 'The Spirit', Jack Kirby 'Captain America' and 'Fantastic Four', Harvey Kurtzman Mad Magazine, R. Crumb Zap Comix, Art Spiegelman Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers, Gary Panter 'Jimbo', Chris Ware Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Lucian Freud by William Feaver( Book )

3 editions published in 2002 in English and Spanish and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richly illustrated with photographs from the artist's personal archives, this book contains a detailed analysis of Lucian Freud's work. A full chronology and bibliography are also included
At the end of the century : one hundred years of architecture by Museum of contemporary art (Los Angeles)( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most comprehensive and up-to-date survey of twentieth-century architecture ever published, this volume presents a global perspective on some of the most significant works, ideas, and directions over the past one hundred years. With more than three hundred illustrations covering the major landmarks and architects of the century, it will appeal to a wide audience. Exploring cutting-edge ideas, the book also offers the sophisticated professional reader fresh viewpoints."--BOOK JACKET. "The broad focus of the book is the complex relationship between innovation and tradition and the profound impact of technology on architecture and urbanism throughout the twentieth century. It explores the house and the city; the grand international movements and regional vernacular styles; the forces that built this century and thoughts about where the next one will take us."--Jacket
Louis I. Kahn : in the realm of architecture by David Bruce Brownlee( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive documentation and analysis of the complete architectural work of Louis I. Kahn
WACK! : art and the feminist revolution by Calif.) Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written entries on each artist offer key biographical and descriptive information and accompanying essays by leading critics, art historians, and scholars offer new perspectives on feminist art practice. The topics provide a broad social context for the artworks themselves
Willem de Kooning : tracing the figure by Willem De Kooning( Book )

8 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Robert Rauschenberg : combines by Robert Rauschenberg( Book )

15 editions published in 2005 in English and French and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With these mixed-media works of art, Rauschenberg reinvented collage, changing it from a medium that presses commonplace materials to serve illusion into something very different: a process that undermines both illusion and the idea that a work of art has a unitary meaning. Appearing as either wall-hung works or as freestanding objects, the combines are composed as syncopated grids that draw on materials from everyday life and the history of art. - Metropolitan Museum of Art. This book focuses on the works created roughly between 1954 and 1964, the most important decade in the artist's 50-year career, and constitutes the most complete survey of the Combines ever presented, as well as the most rigorous analysis of their political, social, autobiographical, and aesthetic significance. An introductory essay by exhibition curator Paul Schimmel titled "Reading Rauschenberg" offers an iconographic analysis of the earlier Combines, based on in-depth conversations with the artist. Other texts help to contextualize the Combines, such as Thomas Crow's essay that calls them the major artistic statement of their time. - Publisher
Roy Lichtenstein by Diane Waldman( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Briefly describes Lichtenstein's life and career, shows his major paintings, and includes comments on their composition
Barbara Kruger by Barbara Kruger( Book )

6 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the most comprehensive publication ever produced on the work of American artist Barbara Kruger. Kruger, one of the most influential artists of the last three decades, uses pictures and words through a wide variety of media and sites to raise issues of power, sexuality, and representation. Her works include photographic prints on paper and vinyl, etched metal plates, sculpture, video, installations, billboards, posters, magazine and book covers, T-shirts, shopping bags, postcards, and newspaper op-ed pieces. This book serves as the catalog for the first major one-person exhibition of Kruger's work to be mounted in the United States. The book, designed by Lorraine Wild in collaboration with the artist, contains texts by Rosalyn Deutsche, Katherine Dieckmann, Ann Goldstein, Steven Heller, Gary Indiana, Carol Squiers, and Lynne Tillman on subjects associated with Kruger's work, including photography, graphic design, public space, power, and representation, as well as an extensive exhibition history, bibliography, and checklist of the exhibition. The cover features a new piece by Kruger, entitled Thinking of You, created especially for the catalog
Robert Smithson by Robert Smithson( Book )

12 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fully illustrated 280-page book accompanies the first comprehensive American retrospective of Robert Smithson's (1938-1973) complex and highly influential body of work. Perhaps best known as the creator of Spiral Jetty, a fifteen-hundred-foot rock coil dramatically situated in Utah's Great Salt Lake, Smithson also broke new ground with his films, photographs, writings, drawings, sculptures, and collages. His oeuvre defied convention, utilizing nontraditional art materials such as mirrors, maps, concrete, earth, and asphalt - in addition to language, as both a written and visual medium. Smithson's revolutionary ideas moved art beyond the walls of the museum into the landscape itself."--Jacket
Basquiat by Jean-Michel Basquiat( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Jean-Michel Basquiat lived to the age of only twenty-seven. His meteoric career as an artist had lasted no more than eight years. The one-time teenage runaway and high-school dropout was first included in a group exhibition in 1980, and almost immediately knew considerable success, enjoying his first solo exhibition just two years later. Basquiat quickly became a notable figure on the international art scene, mixing with dealers and artists. Among these was Andy Warhol, with whom he established a close working relationship." "Borrowing from graffiti and street imagery, cartoons, mythology and religious symbolism, Basquiat's drawings and paintings explore issues of race and identity, providing social commentary that is both shrewdly observed and biting. Characterized by their intensely personal nature and the raw, almost aggressive handling of paint, these works have an enduring power to move and to confound." "Viewing the heady world of the 1980s art scene from the beginning of a new century, we are able to look at Basquiat's achievements with increasing objectivity. Rather than explore his persona, this book aims to demonstrate the lasting quality of Basquiat's work itself, as well as its uniqueness within modern art. It strives not only to reevaluate his principal works, but also to explain Basquiat's continuing interest as a major painter."--Jacket
Arshile Gorky : a retrospective by Arshile Gorky( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arshile Gorky was one of the central figures in American art's shift toward abstraction during the first half of the twentieth century. Accompanying the first major retrospective of his work in almost thirty years, this book traces the evolution of Gorky's arresting visual style. Nearly two hundred paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints from all phases of his career--an number of them never before published or exhibited--are beautifully reproduced, including a large figurative painting from 1927 known previously only through its preparatory studies. Throughout the volume, some of Gorky's best-known and most powerful paintings are paired with related pieces and meticulous preliminary studies, shedding new light on his artistic process. Illustrated essays incorporating recently discovered biographical information and photographs examine his experience of the Armenian Genocide, his collaboration with the Works Progress Administration, and his explorations of abstraction and Surrealism, providing important reassessments of his life and career. Admired by many of his contemporaries and hugely influential for subsequent generations of artists, Gorky created a complex and deeply moving body of work that encompasses styles ranging from Impressionism to Cubism, Surrealism, and the beginnings of Abstract Expressionism
Individuals : a selected history of contemporary art, 1945-1986 by Kate Linker( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In most surveys, postwar art is presented as a tidy sequence of movements: abstract expressionism, pop art, minimal art, and so on. The eight essays that form the core of this volume provide a more provocative approach. Taking as their subjec the conjunction of history and art history, the social and the formal, the personal and the political, the authors examine the art of the recent past in new ways."--Jacket
Hand-painted pop : American art in transition, 1955-62 by Donna M De Salvo( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This important book revises our understanding of one of the key moments in American art: the beginnings of Pop art. A style celebrated for its use of mass-production, Pop art has conventionally been seen as constituting a complete break with the art movements that preceded it. Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-62 reevaluates this perception by considering Pop art's complex, layered period of evolution, focusing on its crucial seven years of development. Accompanying eight essays by distinguished art historians are 235 illustrations tracing Pop art's earliest beginnings. Many of the works shown have rarely been seen; others are among the most famous icons of our time. Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-62 places these works in the broader context of American culture. Among the topics covered are the formal links between New York School painting and early Pop art; the evolution of artists' choice of subject matter in the period; art education in the postwar era; the success and failure of the critical response to Pop; and gay iconography in the paintings of several Pop artists. This substantial revisionist history sheds considerable light on a central movement in art history." -- Publisher's description
Richard Serra : sculpture, 1985-1998 by Richard Serra( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This major publication catalogues all of Richard Serra's sculpture of the last thirteen years, presenting extensive photographic documentation of his site-specific sculpture, as well as an important critical text and an interview with the artist."--Amazon
Automobile and culture by Gerald Silk( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Baldessari by Coosje van Bruggen( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A major figure in contemporary art, John Baldessari is widely considered one of the most influential artists to emerge since the mid-1960s. From his early text-and-image paintings to his more recent photo collages and installations, Baldessari has continued to make art that addresses the social impact of mass culture, often playfully through strategies of appropriation and deconstruction. Baldessari's lifelong interest in language, written and visual, and the interaction between the two, raises questions about the nature of communication and perception. More than 400 illustrations are presented in full colour in this monograph published in conjunction with a major exhibition organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Tate Modern in London. Eleven essays by critics, curators, art historians, and an artist and former student of Baldessari's round out this volume. Few contemporary artists have achieved the range and relevance of Baldessari's oeuvre, which is finally given its due in this elegant retrospective book
Ad Reinhardt by Ad Reinhardt( Book )

4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Cindy Sherman : retrospective
Masters of American comicsLucian FreudAt the end of the century : one hundred years of architectureLouis I. Kahn : in the realm of architectureWACK! : art and the feminist revolutionWillem de Kooning : tracing the figureRobert Rauschenberg : combinesBarbara Kruger
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Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Geffen Contemporary (Museum : Los Angeles, Calif.)


Temporary Contemporary (Museum : Los Angeles, Calif.)