Anastasia Aukeman (- POSTPONED -)
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 5:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
Until summer 2017
celebrating the release of
Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association
published by U.C. Press
The Rat Bastard Protective Association was an inflammatory, close-knit community of artists who lived and worked in a building they dubbed Painterland in the Fillmore neighborhood of midcentury San Francisco. The artists who counted themselves among the Rat Bastards—which included Joan Brown, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Wally Hedrick, Michael McClure, and Manuel Neri—exhibited a unique fusion of radicalism, provocation, and community. Geographically isolated from a viable art market and refusing to conform to institutional expectations, they animated broader social and artistic discussions through their work and became a transformative part of American culture over time. Anastasia Aukeman presents new and little-known archival material in this authorized account of these artists and their circle, a colorful cultural milieu that intersected with the broader Beat scene.
Anastasia Aukeman is an art historian and curator who teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogues and written articles and reviews for Art in America, Art on Paper, and ARTnews, among other publications.
What has been said about Welcome to Painterland:
"Richly detailed" —John Seed Hyperallergic
"Fills a real void in the literature, not only on Bruce Conner and the cultural and intellectual context within which he worked for half a century, but on other remarkable artists in his milieu."—Kristine Stiles, Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University
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