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Author Levine, Cary S. author.

Title Pay for your pleasures : Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon / Cary Levine.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    709.7949 LEV    On Holdshelf
Description xii, 211 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-198) and index.
Contents Paul McCarthy : making car crashes -- Mike Kelley : a history of civilization -- Raymond Pettibon : a democracy of split personalities -- Bending gender : Meat cakes: McCarthy's punch-drunk hunk and half-done-up drag queens ; Caught in the zipper: Pettiibon's belligerent vixens and feeble heroes ; Manly crafts: Kelly's (oxy)moronic needle and wood work -- Sex panic : Edible erotica: post-pornotopian performances, and sex to sexty ; Homicidal hippies, casual coitus, and demented deviants ; Social sex sculptures, family fun, and aberrant automata -- The kids aren't alright : The adolescentization of dissent ; Plushophilia ; The (de)civilizing process.
Summary "Cary Levine focuses on Kelley's, McCarthy's, and Pettibon's work from the 1970s through the 1990s, plotting the circuitous routes they took in their artistic development. Drawing on extensive interviews with each artist, he identifies the diverse forces that had a crucial bearing on their development--such as McCarthy's experiences at the University of Utah, Kelley's interest in the Detroit-based White Panther movement, Pettibon's study of economics, and how all three participated in burgeoning subcultural music scenes. Levine discovers a common political strategy underlying their art that critiques both nostalgia for the 1960s counterculture and Reagan-era conservatism. He shows how this strategy led each artist to create strange and unseemly images that test the limits of not only art but also gender roles, sex, acceptable behavior, poor taste, and even the gag reflex that separates pleasure from disgust. As a result, their work places viewers in uncomfortable situations that challenge them to reassess their own values."--Publisher's description.
Subject McCarthy, Paul, 1945-
Kelley, Mike, 1954-2012.
Pettibon, Raymond, 1957-
Art, American -- California, Southern -- 20th century.
Artists -- California, Southern.
ISBN 9780226026060 (cloth : alkaline paper)
022602606X (cloth : alkaline paper)

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