Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980 was a six-month collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions throughout southern California, including a 10-day Performance and Public Art Festival. Though PST officially closed March 31, the conversation about the history of art on America’s West Coast has continued through several new books.
A good place to orient yourself within the era is Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss’s State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, which gives a vivid overview of California artists’ contributions to conceptual art. Pairing primary images from then-emerging experimental media (site-specific installations, film/video, etc.) with critical essays, this book makes for conceptual art’s continued influence on contemporary art.
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970
Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss
Berkeley: University of California, 2011
296 pages, $39.95 (hardcover)
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