The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles
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About the Author
Susanna Phillips Newbury is associate professor of art history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"The Speculative City is an accomplished piece of work, incredibly nuanced in its research, synthetic in its claims, and novel in its arguments. Susanna Phillips Newbury achieves a compelling picture of the transformation of the Southland through a network of developers, and she convincingly shows how certain real estate moguls-cum-builder-philanthropists literally laid the foundation for the rise of contemporary art in Los Angeles."--Suzanne Hudson, author of Contemporary Painting
"In twentieth-century Los Angeles, there is the art of the haves and the art of the have-nots. In this fascinating study, Susanna Phillips Newbury shows how those two worlds have been structured--separately and unequally--through the nexus of art, real estate, and urban development. Essential reading for students of art and political economy, The Speculative City explores the aesthetic foundations of the neoliberal city."--Eric Avila, author of The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City