Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rebels in Paradise

Photograph by Charles Brittin/The Charles Brittin Archive — Getty Research Institute — J. Paul Getty Trust
Are you a country or a city person? If I had it my way, I would live in a big city. My husband would prefer to live smack dab in the middle of a Wendell Berry novel. So we have compromised on a place fifteen minutes outside of D.C., with a big backyard and a few old trees. There is a lot of good art being made in the Washington area, but sometimes it feels like the only place to be if you are an artist is New York. 

That is why I was thrilled to hear about the new book “Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s.” Author, Drohojowska-Philp, writes about artists like Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari, Andy Warhol feeding off of the creative freedom that a city removed from the artistic spotlight could provide. New York is an inspiring conglomeration of artistic activity, but it is interesting to consider that the validity of an artist need not come from his or her location on the globe.  I'm looking forward to reading the book!

P.S. -- My sculpture for Fleurir was shown today on design*sponge. Here's the link.


  1. Found you via Design Sponge--love the tree! The Rebels in Paradise book looks cool. I studied art in northern CA in the late 70's early 80's and it such a different world than NY.

  2. Hi, Jen. Thank you -- It was such fun to make! That is really interesting. What do you think was a reason for the difference? I hope that you're still making art these days.


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