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The Astonishing Works of John Altoon
By Tim Nye (editor), Robert Creeley (contributor), Klaus Kertess (contributor), Milton Wexler (contributor) and Walter Hopps (contributor)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Monacelli Pr
Publication date May 20, 2014
Pages 224
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781580933865
ISBN-10 1580933866
Dimensions 1 by 14 by 10 in.
Weight 6.65 lbs.
Original list price $75.00
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: A beautifully produced monograph devoted to the paintings and drawings of John Altoon, a central figure in the Los Angeles art scene of the 1950s and 1960s.
 
Haunting and erotic, Altoon’s colorful paintings and intimate drawings capture a magical moment in postwar California, between the Beat Generation and the sexual and psychedelic revolution of the late sixties. His larger-than-life personality and enthusiasm energized the circle of artists associated with the Ferus Gallery, a nexus of L.A. avant-gardism that included such still influential figures as Ed Keinholtz, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Larry Bell, and Ed Ruscha. A boisterous, hard-living man, in love with the ladies, Altoon was plagued by bouts of depression alternating with episodes of mania that sometimes turned destructive. He died young, at the age of 43, from a massive heart attack, and his funeral is said to have included the largest number of Los Angeles artists ever to gather in one spot.
 
This unique, oversized presentation includes reproduced sketchbooks; moving personal essays by major figures including poet Robert Creeley and pioneering West Coast curator Walter Hopps; photographs of Altoon in his Venice studio; a booklet of letters to Altoon; and over 50 works of art. 

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With Tim Nye (other contributor), Walter Hopps (other contributor), Klaus Kertess (other contributor), Robert Creeley (other contributor) | from Monacelli Pr (May 20, 2014)
9781580933865 | details & prices | 224 pages | 14.00 × 10.00 × 1.00 in. | 6.65 lbs | List price $75.00
About: A beautifully produced monograph devoted to the paintings and drawings of John Altoon, a central figure in the Los Angeles art scene of the 1950s and 1960s.

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