Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association by Anastasia AukemanWelcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association by Anastasia Aukeman

Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective Association

byAnastasia Aukeman

Hardcover | August 9, 2016

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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.
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Title:Welcome to Painterland: Bruce Conner and the Rat Bastard Protective AssociationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 10 × 7 × 1 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520289455

ISBN - 13:9780520289451

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. California Modernism after World War II
2. The Art of Assemblage, New York- San Francisco
3. Rat Bastards in Painterland .
4. Artist-Run Galleries of the Fillmore
5. The Rat Bastard Protective Association and the Making of Assemblage
6. "Woodshedding" Years: The RBPA into the 1960s
Conclusion

Appendix: A Chronology of the Rat Bastard Protective Association and the California Arts Scene, 1944- 1968
Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

Editorial Reviews

“Richly detailed…. Aukeman has written eloquently and thoroughly about the milieu in which this iconoclastic group of artists, poets, musicians, and publishers thrived from 1957  — when Conner and wife, Jean Sandstedt, arrived in San Francisco from Lincoln, Nebraska  — to the day “The Rose” was removed from DeFeo’s apartment.”