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Recent Pasts – Art in Southern California from the 1990s to Now – SoCCAS Symposium Vol. I
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  Recent Pasts – Art in Southern California from the 1990s to Now SoCCAS Symposium Vol. I
Edited by John C. Welchman.
Texts by Connie Butler, Brian Butler, Mike Davis, Frances Stark, Dave Muller, Matthew Coolidge, Diana Thater, Dennis Cooper...
published in 2005
English edition
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
160 pages (30 b/w illustrations)
ISBN: 978-3-905701-20-3
EAN: 9783905701203
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An overview of the Californian art scene from 1990 to the present.
This is the first volume of a symposium-based series organized by the Southern California Consortium of Art Schools [SoCCAS].
Set out in four sections, with a series introduction by SoCCAS chair, John C. Welchman and a topical introduction by cultural critic, Norman Klein, it offers a creative and original overview of the SoCal art scene from 1990 to the present.
"Inside" examines new initiatives from within the institutional or commercial sectors of the art world; "Outside" discusses developments situated outside of this more sanctioned sphere, whether in alternative spaces, art/music crossovers, or the public domain; "New Locations" takes on innovative art-related activities in sites, such as the Southern California deserts and San Diego-Tijuana border that are relatively remote from the culturally dominant LA basin; "Endpapers" rounds out the book with short presentations by five artists and critics whose independent thinking and constructively targeted polemic has helped shape art-world discourse in Southern California in recent years.
John C. Welchman is a professor at the Department of Visual art of University of California, San Diego. His works focuses on modern and contemporary art history and critical theory. His numerous publications include a monograph on Mike Kelley, of which he has also edited the collected writings (MIT Press, Les presses du réel / JRP|Ringier).

In the same series, Institutional Critique and After; Aesthetics of Risk; Black Sphinx: On the Comedic in Modern Art.