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Roberts &\; Tilton is pleased to present the much anticipated publica tion L.A. Object &\; David Hammons Body Prints (published by Tilton Gall ery\, New York). Many years in the making\, L.A. Object &\; David Hammon s Body Prints is an unparalleled documentation of the work of African Ameri can and multicultural artists working with assemblage in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s\, a movement that grew out of the historical European cont ext of Dada and Surrealism. The book\, which brings this groundbreaking wor k to the larger public for the first time\, reveals a multiplicity of viewp oints that reflect the African American experience during one of the most t umultuous periods in United States history. It also represents the most com prehensive examination to date of David Hammons’ body prints and early work .

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L.A. Object re-examines works by artists who were often seen as the co re of the L.A. assemblage movement\, yet who are largely unknown and forgot ten by the art establishment. I ncluding featured contributors: Betye Saar\ , John Out terbridge\, Dale Davis\, Charles Dickson\, Kenzi Shiokava\, Timo thy Washington\, Joe Ray\, Bruce Talamon\, Har ry Drinkwater\, Yael Lipschu tz and Greg Pitts

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The book illuminates the important role these artists played by presenting their work in the context of the historical milieu ou t of which it emerged – an era that gave birth to the civil rights and blac k power movements\, the 1965 Watts rebellion\, and general social and cultu ral upheaval. L.A. Object focuses on work that consists of sculptural assem blages made of diverse found and manipulated objects and materials. These a ssemblages arose not only out of the artistic compulsion to create art in d ifficult circumstances\, but also spoke directly or indirectly to the turbu lent times. For these artists\, assemblage was a metaphor for change that r eflected the transformative power of art on the individual and society. Dur ing this period\, art became a tool for liberation and empowerment\, challe nging stereotypes through humor\, imagination\, metaphors and abstraction.< /span>

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Among the influential artists presented in L.A. Object are: Ed Bereal\, Wallace Berman\, Nathaniel Bustion\, Alonzo Davis\, Dale Davis\, Charles Di ckson\, Melvin Edwards\, David Hammons\, George Herms\, Daniel LaRue Johnso n\, Ed Kienholz\, Senga Nengudi\, John Outterbridge\, Noah Purifoy\, Joe Ra y\, John Riddle\, Betye Saar\, Kenzi Shiokava\, and Timothy Washington. Cen tral to the book are the unique body prints of the internationally acclaime d American artist David Hammons. Often socially and politically charged\, H ammons’ body prints and other works were seen mostly in the context of the other African American  Los Angeles artists. Only after his move to New Yor k did he become internationally known for his assembled sculptures and inst allations. In his body prints\, Hammons creates nuanced\, ironic and often political commentaries. This mature body of work has rarely been presented within the art historical context from which it arose.

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Nine essays give historical perspective as well as personal viewpoints\, and include edited excerpts from the Oral Histories conducted by U.C.L.A. After a series of in troductory essays\, L.A. Object is divided into four main sections that foc us on David Hammons\, John Outterbridge Noah Purifoy and Betye Saar. Additi onal sections highlight the work of 15 other artists.

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John Outterbridge arrived on the scene in 1963\, bringing with him from Chicago his earliest assembled sculptures. Active as a community organizer\, he played an import ant role among his peers. Also socially and politically active\, Noah Purif oy was director of the Watts Towers Arts Center when the 1965 riots broke o ut. Together with artist Judson Powell\, he created 66 Signs of Neon\, an e xhibition that consisted of assemblages made from the burned out remnants o f the Watts Rebellion\, and that toured from 1966 to 1972. Betye Saar\, a p ioneer female artist\, created works assembled out of found\, but carefully selected objects\, often placed in small boxes with drawers or window pane s\, or in collages that addressed the personal and cultural issues of being an African American woman.

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Through extensive plates\, writings\, essays \, and ephemera\, as well as a selected exhibition history and an exhaustiv e checklist\, L.A. Object meticulously documents and contextualizes the wor k of these extraordinary Los Angeles artists\, bringing them to the forefro nt\, and garnering them the international recognition they so rightfully de serve. It is an essential addition to the libraries of art collectors\, stu dents\, curators\, art historians\, and anyone interested in the assemblage movement\, contemporary art\, and the history of African American art.

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L.A. Object accompanies the critica lly acclaimed exhibitions of the same title on view at Tilton Gallery in Ne w York in 2006\, and Roberts &\; Tilton in Los Angeles in 2007.\n

For a dditional information\, review copies\, and interviews\, please contact Lin dsay Charlwood at lindsay@robertsandtilton.com or 323.549.0223.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">For D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers\, In c.) enquiries\, please contact Luke Brown at Lbrown@dapinc.com or 212.627.1 999 ext. 217.

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L.A. Object &\; David Hammons Body Prints
PU BLISHER: Tilton Gallery\, New York
EDITORS: Connie Rogers Tilton and L indsay Charlwood
FORMAT: Hardcover\, 10.5 x 10 in.\, 424 pgs\, 249 col or &\; 252 b/w images
ISBN: 9781427613745
ESSAYS: Steve Cannon \, Dale Davis\, Josine Ianco-Starrels\, Kellie Jones\,
Yael Lipschutz\ , John Outterbridge\, Greg Pitts\, Betye Saar &\; Tobias Wofford
PH OTOGRAPHIC CONTRIBUTORS: Bruce Talamon &\; Harry Drinkwater
DESIGN: Lorraine Wild / Green Dragon Office
TEXT: English
EDITION: 3\,50 0
LIST PRICE: $65
DISTRIBUTOR: D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers \, Inc.) www.artbook.com
AVAILABLE: September 1\, 2011

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