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

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Univ of California Press, Aug 9, 2016 - Art - 352 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
California Modernism after World War II
25
The Art of Assemblage New YorkSan Francisco
49
Rat Bastards in Painterland
69
ArtistRun Galleries of the Fillmore
103
The Rat Bastard Protective Association and the Making
129
The RBPA into the 1960s
169
Conclusion
193
A Chronology of the Rat Bastard Protective Association
201
Notes
237
Bibliography
287
List of Illustrations
299
Index
309
Copyright

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About the author (2016)

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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