This new book is the first to examine the importance of the year 1958 as a critical tipping point in the evolution of American art. "Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art" explores in-depth the moment American artists first departed from Abstract Expressionism to develop new trends that helped define the last half of the twentieth century. The book includes approximately sixty-one works by fifty-six artists drawn from more than fifty public and private collections, including the holdings of many of the artists themselves. Guest-curated by independent scholar and "Art in America" corresponding editor Rona Feinstein, "Circa 1958" features groundbreaking, challenging, and significant works - some rarely exhibited - by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, Lee Bontecou, John Chamberlain, Louise Nevelson, George Segal, Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, and Agnes Martin, among many others. The accompanying museum exhibit will be at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill from September 2008 to January 2009. The exhibit and book will be the only places to see many of the included artworks. It will be a must have keepsake for art lovers everywhere.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press