My Avant-Garde Education: A Memoir

My Avant-Garde Education: A Memoir


A wry and wonderfully saw memoir approximately coming of age within the period of conceptual art.

Growing up within the suburbs―confused approximately his sexuality, approximately his consumer-oriented global, concerning the demise of his older brother―Bernard Cooper falls in love with Pop artwork and units off for the California Institute of the humanities, the guts of the burgeoning box of conceptual paintings, during this beguiling memoir. the main recognized, and notorious, artists of the time go with the flow in the course of the position, together with Allan Kaprow and John Baldessari, let alone the scholar who telephones the Identi-Kit department of the la Police division and has them make a composite drawing of the Mona Lisa.

My Avant-Garde Education is right now an artist's coming-of-age tale and a private chronicle of the period of conceptual artwork, from a author "of unusual subtlety and nuance" (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times). it's a checklist of the wonders and follies of a definite period in paintings background, constantly conscious that awakening to artwork is, for a youngster, inseparable from awakening to the ever-shifting nature of the self.

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