State of Mind (Hardcover)

New California Art circa 1970

By Constance M. Lewallen, Karen Moss, Julia Bryan-Wilson (Contributions by), Anne Rorimer (Contributions by)

University of California Press, 9780520270619, 296pp.

Publication Date: October 31, 2011

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State of Mind, the lavishly illustrated companion book to the exhibition of the same name, investigates California’s vital contributions to Conceptual art—in particular, work that emerged in the late 1960s among scattered groups of young artists. The essays reveal connections between the northern and southern California Conceptual art scenes and argue that Conceptualism’s experimental practices and an array of then-new media—performance, site-specific installations, film and video, mail art, and artists’ publications—continue to exert an enormous influence on the artists working today.

About the Author

Constance Lewallen is adjunct curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the author of several UC Press titles, including Ant Farm 1968-1978 and A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s. Karen Moss is adjunct curator at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Praise For State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970

"A pleasure. . . . The curators have written short, elucidating comments for almost everything here, about 150 items. Not only do their words bring individual images to life; but they also add up to an absorbing narrative of a place and an era."

— Holland Cotter

"Provocative. . . . Puts pressure on the category of idea-based art through a focus on the body, ritual, media and the social world."

— Gillian Young

“Will leave [locals] . . . wondering how they failed to notice so much provocative activity - a lot of it very public - when it occurred.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

"Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss take advantage of [the] outsider position, making use of art’s ability to conjure or invent new meanings and contexts."

— Maika Pollack

"While showing a real breadth, and the consistency of various sorts of conceptual thinking, [State of Mind is] in fact very useful in terms of ways in which an artist could reinvent their congenial mediums to express social, political, as well as artistic concerns."

— Phong Bui

“Makes for conceptual art’s continued influence on contemporary art.”

— Public Art Review

“Informative and well written.”

— Orange County Register