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William Leavitt : theater objects

Author: William Leavitt; Ann Goldstein; Bennett Simpson; Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Publisher: Los Angeles : Museum of Contemporary Art ; New York : [distributor] D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A pioneer of Conceptual art in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s, the painter, installation artist and theater director William Leavitt (born 1941) is above all an artist of narrative devices. Since 1969, his works in all the above media have employed abrupt fragments of popular and vernacular culture and depictions of modernist architecture to construct elusive narratives of cityscapes and environments.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
Named Person: William Leavitt; William Leavitt
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Leavitt; Ann Goldstein; Bennett Simpson; Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
ISBN: 9781933751184 1933751185
OCLC Number: 674940361
Notes: Publication accompanying an exhibition presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Mar. 13-July 3, 2011.
Description: 148 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Theater of the ordinary / Ann Goldstein --
Sliding glass doors and elliptical lights : the iconography of William Leavitt / Annette Leddy --
William Leavitt : colloquial conceptual in L.A. / Bennett Simpson --
Interview with William Leavitt / Erik Bluhm --
Every picture tells a story, don't it? / Thomas Lawson --
Checklist of the exhibition.
Other Titles: Theater objects
Responsibility: organized by Ann Goldstein & Bennett Simpson.

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"A pioneer of Conceptual art in Los Angeles during the late 1960s and 1970s, the painter, installation artist and theater director William Leavitt (born 1941) is above all an artist of narrative devices. Since 1969, his works in all the above media have employed abrupt fragments of popular and vernacular culture and depictions of modernist architecture to construct elusive narratives of cityscapes and environments. The culture and atmosphere of Los Angeles has played a significant role in Leavitt's handling of these themes; classic southern Californian motifs of ever-present artifice and almost washed-out brightness recur throughout his work. Surveying the artist's 40-year career, this volume includes sculptural tableaux, paintings, works on paper, photographs and performances from the late 1960s to the present. Leavitt has created a remarkable oeuvre that has influenced generations of artists, and this volume is both long overdue and highly anticipated."--Publisher description.

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