South of Pico: African American Artists in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s


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Duke University Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Kellie Jones, a 2016 recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant," is Associate Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the author of several books, including EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art, also published by Duke University Press. Jones has curated numerous national and international exhibitions, including Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960-1980 and Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.


"[A] deeply researched, panoramic depiction of how black artists made not only great art, but their own art world in Los Angeles during two crucial decades.... Quite simply, the history, not just of art in Los Angeles, but of modern American art generally will have to be reconceived on the basis of South of Pico and Now Dig This!."--Barry Schwabsky "Hyperallergic" (4/9/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"South of Pico is a testament to the pioneers of African-American art in the twentieth century, who forged new paths to liberation and selfhood through their work. Jones shows how these artists pushed against their own obliteration, and generated a zeal for change that would escalate into the 1980s, 1990s and beyond."--Rachel Hurn "Studio Museum" (9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"Jones's book is a timely reminder that the United States has seen massive internal displacement within living memory and could again. But, more important, it's also a credible affirmation that from such sudden, painful movements something new and whole might yet be made."--Gary Dauphin "Artforum" (12/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"Both a scholarly triumph and a fascinating read, this book provides the backstory for some of the most consequential artists to emerge from the Black Arts Movement and examines the work, projects, and initiatives they fostered."--Victoria L. Valentine "Culture Type" (12/19/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"South of Pico is of broad use to the field of contemporary art history, from specialists to undergraduate students in advanced survey courses. . . . One of the most urgent if unanticipated demands for which Jones's study may be useful is the increasing problem in Los Angeles of gentrification and the intra-urban migrations it forces. If gentrification is enabled by ignorance of the relationship between geography and cultural history, Jones's book might be deployed by contemporary cultural and social activists as a weapon against forgetting and for the continued protection of the material and immaterial cultural heritage that is sited in one of the city's most significant areas--south of Pico."--Natilee O. Harren "CAA Reviews" (4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"A touchstone for future scholars and readers with current investments in how narratives of black artists and the history of American art are written."--Bridget R. Cooks "Art Journal" (9/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)