Posts tagged 1950s
Beyond the Muscle by Kate Wolf
A precursor to the hardcore pornography and the radical underground presses that erupted after Stonewall, photographer Bob Mizer's landmark "beefcake" quarterly Physique Pictorial was initially produced under the guise of an art and fitness journal. It is now considered to be one of the first, if not the very first of its kind: a widely distributed magazine that celebrated the male form for its aesthetic pleasures, and whose intended audience was gay men.
New Music for a New Age: Return to Nature! by Adam Overton
With one foot planted squarely in new music and the other in avant-garde spirituality, eden ahbez, Anton Szandor LaVey, and Pauline Oliveros represent a motley survey of mystical-musical experimentation over the last century. Although such crossover isn’t unheard of, these three—the Nature Boy, the founder of the Church of Satan, and the founder of Deep Listening, respectively—in spite of their radically differing demeanors and manifestos, all share a remarkable affinity in their anxious plea for a return to nature. What follows is a glance at their music and their doctrines as seen from their distinct vantages.
Six Portable Murals
A Tale of Two Art Dealers by Darcy Tell
In the late fifties, the outlines of the Los Angeles art world were narrow by anybody’s standard. Unlike many regional cities of equivalent wealth, the city still lacked an independent encyclopedic museum. Contemporary art was mistrusted. The public ignored it, and conservatives—most vocally, government officials and figurative or “Sunday” painters—demonized it. Even so, an art market existed but just barely.
Humanness Always Comes First by Kate Wolf
Groucho Marx as Village Priest: For over 25 years, artist Robert "Baza" Alexander (1923–87) and his unorthodox, Venice Beach-based ministry the Temple of Man performed rites of art, poetry, roller-skate weddings, and good deeds that embodied Wallace Berman's well-known maxim "Art is Love is God."
Notes on the Arts: Curating the Past 50 Years as Ruin by Norman M. Klein
In the midst of our economic and political crisis, we must assume that art history will be remade. New points of origin will be invented, probably starting with the 1960s instead of the 1860s. Fluxus, Archigram, Conceptual art, Minimalism, Pop—1968 and “all that”—as well as sixties performance and video are now understood as the beginning, not the finale.