California Video (Hardcover)

Artists and Histories

By Glenn Phillips (Editor), Meg Cranston (Contribution by), Rita Gonzalez (Contribution by)

Getty Research Institute, 9780892369225, 312pp.

Publication Date: May 20, 2008

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Published to accompany a landmark exhibition on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from March 15 through June 18, 2008, California Video presents the first comprehensive survey of the history of video art in California. Since the late 1960s, California artists have been at the forefront of an international movement that has expanded video into the realm of fine art. Whether designing complex video installations, devising lush projections, experimenting with electronic psychedelia, creating conceptual and performance art, generating guerilla video, or producing works that promote feminism and other social issues, these artists have utilized video technology to express revolutionary ideas.
This illustrated volume focuses on fifty-eight artists, from early video pioneers such as John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, and William Wegman, to Martha Rosler, Diana Thater, Bill Viola, and other established and emerging talents. Thirty-five recent interviews shed new light on these artists--their influences, creative processes, and impact. Together with commissioned essays, rare reprints, and unpublished video transcripts, California Video chronicles a distinctly West Coast aesthetic located within the broader history of video art.

About the Author

Glenn Phillips is senior project specialist and consulting curator in the Department of Contemporary Programs and Research at the Getty Research Institute.

Praise For California Video: Artists and Histories

 “Excellent.”—Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times

“This gorgeous, sumptuous, indispensable book is a guide to the work of California video artists such as Skip Arnold, Chris Burden, the Kipper Kids, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, and many, many others. . . . Lively, accessible, and stunningly designed, this is a work to return to again and again for fresh and unexpected insights into the burgeoning work of video art.  Essential.”—Choice

“The scope of the research is commendable, and one of the great characteristics of the book is the pairing of the primary material of artist interviews with a thoughtful selection of essays.”—Camerawork 

“Captures, chapter by chapter, a time and place that smart curatorial forethought managed to record and the Getty was able to preserve. Recommended.”—Library Journal

California Video: Artists and Histories is a beautifully designed, compelling, and extensive compendium of some the very best of American video art.”—The Bloomsbury Review

“This volume provides a new context for well-known artists, offers overdue recognition for others, and shines a spotlight on emerging talents.  A must.”—Umbrella  

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Selected for 2008 AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers