Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982

Backyard Oasis The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography Southern California s pool culture is the subject of this unique and luscious collection of photographs that explore the parallel evolution of an iconic symbol and an artistic genre Since the end of W

  • Title: Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982
  • Author: Daniell Cornell Robert Atkins
  • ISBN: 9783791351766
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Southern California s pool culture is the subject of this unique and luscious collection of photographs that explore the parallel evolution of an iconic symbol and an artistic genre Since the end of World War II, Southern California s backyard pools those blue green oases in an otherwise often arid landscape have symbolized any number of American ideals optimism, wealth,Southern California s pool culture is the subject of this unique and luscious collection of photographs that explore the parallel evolution of an iconic symbol and an artistic genre Since the end of World War II, Southern California s backyard pools those blue green oases in an otherwise often arid landscape have symbolized any number of American ideals optimism, wealth, consumerism, escape, physical beauty, and the triumph of man over nature Simultaneously, the field of photography developed as a transformative method for recording the human condition This exhibition catalog celebrates the nexus of these two phenomena in a one of a kind collection that features than two hundred works by than forty postwar artists and photographers It presents works by photographers and artists including Bill Anderson, John Baldessari, Ruth Bernhard, David Hockney, Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, Julius Shulman, and Larry Sultan Thematically grouped into topics ranging from the rise of celebrity culture, suburbia and dystopia, avant garde architectural landscape design, and the cult of the body, these images offer a reich study of the cultural connotations of the swimming pool six insightful essays provide a comprehensive overview of the development of the swimming pool and its attendant aesthetic and social culture.

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    1. Some of these images will be familiar—Herb Ritts' unforgettable shot of Richard Gere taking a poolside business call, oblivious to his girlfriend performing an almost-too-perfect dive to his right; William Holden floating dead in the Sunset Boulevard pool, surrounded by press and police—but most are new to me. Threads emerge: the pool as a piece of the Southwest's modernist architecture (caught best in Julius Shulman's b&w photography, much of it in austere Palm Springs, and in Leland Le [...]

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