Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley CA. 1973-1990 by Damon Willick

Valley Vista: Art in the San Fernando Valley CA. 1973-1990 by Damon Willick

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Whether regaled as "America's Suburb" or ridiculed as the capital of mini-malls and Valley Girls, the San Fernando Valley is one of Los Angeles's most misunderstood and stereotyped areas. Despite a population of more than 1.8 million living in a region that covers about 225 square miles, the Valley's sheer size has not garnered the place much attention, especially when it comes to LA's cultural history. The Valley's artwork has been all but overlooked. Even in the much-heralded Pacific Standard Time initiative sponsored by The Getty, which incorporated exhibitions in more than 60 art organizations in the region, no exploration of art from the San Fernando Valley was featured. Could it be that Valley Standard Time is a zone of its own when it comes to art?VALLEY VISTA answers this question for the first time. The book--and the exhibition it catalogs--examines the art history of the Valley, looking beyond all stereotypes and offering an authoritative view of the region's unique and substantial contribution to the contemporary art history of LA.In VALLEY VISTA, author/curator Damon Willick not only documents the landmark 2014 exhibition at California State University, Northridge--the book is a treatise on the emergence of San Fernando Valley art, and it's a lively, succinct narrative about the Valley as place. "Valley Vista," the exhibition curated by art historian Willick, focuses on the years between 1970 and 1990, a particularly fertile period for Valley artwork. The artists highlighted in Valley Vista flourished in the Valley, and they helped the Valley flourish. The Valley--as place--which includes its natural and built environments as well as its social structures and institutions--shaped the artists and the work Willick features, and these artists, in turn, shaped the place.