Newport Beach, CA: Newport Harbor Art Museum, 1989. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's black-and-whote stiff paper wraps.
Exhibition catalog for a traveling anthology show, originated by the Newport Harbor Art Museum in 1989, of pop art painting from 1960s LA. The ambitious survey organized by guest curator Anne Ayres featured the works of nine preeminent pop artists: Edward Ruscha, Joe Goode, John Baldessari, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Dowd, Llyn Foulkes, Phillip Hefferton, Wallace Berman, and Vija Celmins. "Unlike New York...Los Angeles had little modern art tradition. What brought would-be artists to L.A. was the climate, a looser lifestyle, Hollywood, and girls. Los Angeles was a popular-culture myth at the time, the City of the Future" (Jay Belloli). Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates and reproductions, with accompanying essays on each artist by Ayres and a coterie of critics and historians. One of 1500 unnumbered copies. Fine. Item #2829