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Books published by Smart Art Press about the seminal figures and movements that shaped L.A.'s cultural landscape.
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Anthony Hernandez: Pictures for Rome Anthony Hernandez: Pictures for Rome Quick View

Anthony Hernandez: Pictures for Rome

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Anthony Hernandez's Pictures for Rome (1998-99), made while he was a fellow at the American Academy, make no reference to any iconic images of that...
Beck and Al Hansen: Playing with Matches [OOP] Quick View

Beck and Al Hansen: Playing with Matches [OOP]

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Featuring collages, assemblages, drawings, facsimile texts, and never-before-seen photographs, Beck and Al Hansen: Playing with Matches examines th...
Burt Payne 3: The World Is Getting To Be A Funner Place (1994) Burt Payne 3: The World Is Getting To Be A Funner Place (1994) Quick View

Burt Payne 3: The World Is Getting To Be A Funner Place (1994)

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Payne's infamous book based on his CalArts MFA thesis that explored the school's admissions process. He secretly applied to the school under four a...
Cameron Jamie: Rugburn [Pinspot #3] Cameron Jamie: Rugburn [Pinspot #3] Quick View

Cameron Jamie: Rugburn [Pinspot #3]

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The inspiration for Cameron Jamie's Rugburn is a late-sixties phenomenon known as apartment wrestling, in which participants staged wrestling match...
Charles LaBelle: Disappearer [Pinspot #8] Quick View

Charles LaBelle: Disappearer [Pinspot #8]

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Charles LaBelle succeeds in visually articulating the poetics of lived experiences by examining the parameters of the spaces between the concrete a...
Chris Kraus: Aliens and Anorexia Quick View

Chris Kraus: Aliens and Anorexia

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Written in the shadow of Georg Lenz, Aliens and Anorexia defines a female form of chance that is radical and emotional. The book unfolds like a set...
Coagula Art Journal 1992-1997 [Box Set] Coagula Art Journal 1992-1997 [Box Set] Quick View

Coagula Art Journal 1992-1997 [Box Set]

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Follow the art and the art world through the nineties as Coagula grows from a four-page zine to the national scandal it is today. Self-described as...
Daniel J. Martinez, The Things You See When You Dont Have A Grenade! Daniel J. Martinez, The Things You See When You Dont Have A Grenade! Quick View

Daniel J. Martinez, The Things You See When You Dont Have A Grenade!

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Of the work and ideas of Daniel J. Martinez, Peter Sellars has said: [He is] one of the most important and articulate artists of his generation. Im...
Darby Crash: Ann Summa Exhibition Poster Quick View

Darby Crash: Ann Summa Exhibition Poster

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Los Angeles: Photographs by Ann SummaCurated by Kristine McKennaTrack 16 GalleryNovember 17-December 15, 2007Exhibition Poster/Mailer, double sided...
Dennis Hollingsworth Dennis Hollingsworth Quick View

Dennis Hollingsworth

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Of the paintings documented in this catalogue, David Pagel of the Los Angeles Times has written: With delicate palettes of beige, cream and custard...
Distant Relations. Chicano, Irish, Mexican Art and Critical Writing Distant Relations. Chicano, Irish, Mexican Art and Critical Writing Quick View

Distant Relations. Chicano, Irish, Mexican Art and Critical Writing

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Twelve artists and twenty-one writers of Chicano, Irish, and Mexican heritage tackle the issue of how to mount an effective front against the domin...
Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection (Hardcover) Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection (Hardcover) Quick View

Double Trouble: The Patchett Collection (Hardcover)

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This substantial double volume catalog was published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and the Auditorio de Galicia, Spain. High and low...
Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful [Pinspot #15] Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful [Pinspot #15] Quick View

Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful [Pinspot #15]

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America the Beautiful is published in conjunction with Exene Cervenkas first one person exhibition, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, in the fall ...
Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk Quick View

Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk

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Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk brings to life the unprecedented musical and artistic energy of the Los Angeles punk scene that flourished fro...
Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk Poster [2nd Edition] Quick View

Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk Poster [2nd Edition]

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Poster from Forming: The Early Days of L.A. Punk, the exhibit of the unprecedented musical and artistic energy of the Los Angles punk scene that fl...
Fred Tomaselli [Exhibition Catalogue] Fred Tomaselli [Exhibition Catalogue] Quick View

Fred Tomaselli [Exhibition Catalogue]

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Using drugs, bugs, and resins, Fred Tomaselli constructs multilayered paintings that are eye-popping and resolute in their pursuit of unabashed bea...
Frozen Walt Doll by Burt Payne 3 and Stephen Hillenburg Frozen Walt Doll by Burt Payne 3 and Stephen Hillenburg Quick View

Frozen Walt Doll by Burt Payne 3 and Stephen Hillenburg

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There is a persistent rumor that Walt Disney was cyrogenically preserved in the basement of a building on the idyllic Cal Arts campus. The mystery ...
Georganne Deen [Exhibition Catalogue] Georganne Deen [Exhibition Catalogue] Quick View

Georganne Deen [Exhibition Catalogue]

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In her paintings Georganne Deen dissects her most intimate family dramas. Rendered in a comic style, they mine emotionally charged materials and ex...
Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Quick View

Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen"

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A book dedicated to the billions of hens sacrificed each year for our consumption, Blinky is the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s. Bl...
Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Bumper Sticker [Limited Edition] Quick View

Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Bumper Sticker [Limited Edition]

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Blinky, the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s, is the seriocomic brainchild of artist Jeffrey Vallance, who has taken the concept and ...
Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Flying Disk [Limited Edition] Quick View

Jeffrey Vallance: "Blinky, The Friendly Hen" Flying Disk [Limited Edition]

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Blinky, the quintessential conceptual artwork of the 1970s, is the seriocomic brainchild of artist Jeffrey Vallance, who has taken the concept and ...
Jeffrey Vallance: The Blinky Trifecta Quick View

Jeffrey Vallance: The Blinky Trifecta

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The Blinky Trifecta consists of the book, the flying disk, and the bumper sticker. It‰۪s like getting the bumper sticker for free. You‰۪ve got a bu...
Jim Shaw: Dreams Jim Shaw: Dreams Quick View

Jim Shaw: Dreams

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Just published The long overdue 2nd printing of Dreams. Most people consider their dreams private propertytoo personal, too scary, and too weird to...

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Jim Shaw: Everything Must Go Jim Shaw: Everything Must Go Quick View

Jim Shaw: Everything Must Go

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A survey of his career from 1974 to the present, Everything Must Go is the first catalogue to incorporate the full range of Jim Shaws profoundly or...
Jody Zellen: Invisible Cities [Pinspot #2] Quick View

Jody Zellen: Invisible Cities [Pinspot #2]

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The Invisible Cities series is a suite of computer-generated photographs that juxtapose the mysteries of image and text. In each image a found phot...
John Divola: Continuity John Divola: Continuity Quick View

John Divola: Continuity

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The creation of seamless illusion without jarring disruptions of cinematic space or time remains the driving tenet of Hollywood cinema. The preserv...
L.A., At the Center and On the Edge [Blood, Sweat & Tears] L.A., At the Center and On the Edge [Blood, Sweat & Tears] Quick View

L.A., At the Center and On the Edge [Blood, Sweat & Tears]

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Los Angeles: At the Center & On the Edge explores the graphic making machines that marked the decades from the 60s to the 90s. Also includes an...
Laurie Steelink: Clowndog [Pinspot #5] Laurie Steelink: Clowndog [Pinspot #5] Quick View

Laurie Steelink: Clowndog [Pinspot #5]

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Like Frankensteins monster, the surreal characters in Laurie Steelinks meticulous drawings are cobbled together from sources in the animal world, a...
Live at Beyond Baroque CD Quick View

Live at Beyond Baroque CD

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Recorded live at Beyond Baroque literary space in Venice, California, on March 4th, 1999, this lively CD features readings by Exene Cervenka, Karen...
Liza Lou [Exhibition Catalogue] Liza Lou [Exhibition Catalogue] Quick View

Liza Lou [Exhibition Catalogue]

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This jewel-like book documents Kitchen and Back Yard, Lous extravagant domestic environments made entirely of tiny glass beadsmillions of them! In ...
Love at the End of the Tunnel, or the Beginning of a Smart New Day Love at the End of the Tunnel, or the Beginning of a Smart New Day Quick View

Love at the End of the Tunnel, or the Beginning of a Smart New Day

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This exhibition catalogue gathers work born out of the sunshine and noir of Los Angeles. Fluent in the lingo of postmodern art history, the artists...
Lun*na Menoh: 1988-2006 [Pinspot #16] Lun*na Menoh: 1988-2006 [Pinspot #16] Quick View

Lun*na Menoh: 1988-2006 [Pinspot #16]

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Published in conjunction with the first full career survey of Los Angeles artist Lunna Menoh, which was mounted by Track 16 Gallery in 2006, Lunna ...
Man Ray: Paris~LA [Hardcover Exhibition Catalogue] Man Ray: Paris~LA [Hardcover Exhibition Catalogue] Quick View

Man Ray: Paris~LA [Hardcover Exhibition Catalogue]

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Man Ray: Paris>>L.A. is the first-ever in-depth look at the life and art of Man Ray during the decade he spent in Southern California (194150...
Manuel Ocampo: God Is My Co-Pilot Manuel Ocampo: God Is My Co-Pilot Quick View

Manuel Ocampo: God Is My Co-Pilot

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Filmed on location in Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, and Sevilla, Spain, God Is My Copilot features the incendiary work of the Philippine-born...
Manuel Ocampo: Heridas de la Lengua Manuel Ocampo: Heridas de la Lengua Quick View

Manuel Ocampo: Heridas de la Lengua

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One of the most important young artists to have emerged from Los Angeles in the 1990s, Manuel Ocampo updates the tradition of political allegorists...
Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula Quick View

Most Art Sucks: Five Years of Coagula

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Dubbed the National Enquirer of the Art World by the New York Post, Coagula Art Journal stands alone among art publications in its iconoclastic, ir...
Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey, [A] Rrose is an apple . . .  [Pinspot #14] Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey, [A] Rrose is an apple . . .  [Pinspot #14] Quick View

Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey, [A] Rrose is an apple . . . [Pinspot #14]

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In five short essays, Nicholas Lowie and Sheridan Lowrey begin to articulate a here-to-fore undiscovered theme underlying Marcel Duchamps entire oe...
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Photographing the L.A. Art Scene 1955-1975 Photographing the L.A. Art Scene 1955-1975 Quick View

Photographing the L.A. Art Scene 1955-1975

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Photographing the L.A. Art Scene is a catalogue celebrating the legendary artists, dealers, and friends who comprised the nucleus of the L.A. art s...
Picturing Ed: Jerry McMillan's Photographs of Ed Ruscha 1958-1972 Picturing Ed: Jerry McMillan's Photographs of Ed Ruscha 1958-1972 Quick View

Picturing Ed: Jerry McMillan's Photographs of Ed Ruscha 1958-1972

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This catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition PICTURING ED: JERRY MCMILLANS PHOTOGRAPHS OF ED RUSCHA 1958-1972 at Craig Krull Gal...
Powder Room presented by The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm Powder Room presented by The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm Quick View

Powder Room presented by The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm

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The Godfrey Daniels School of Charm salutes WACK! MOCA L.A.s retrospective of feminist pioneers, with an act of rebellion entitled: The Powder Room...
Radiant Spaces: Private Domain [Exhibition Catalogue] Radiant Spaces: Private Domain [Exhibition Catalogue] Quick View

Radiant Spaces: Private Domain [Exhibition Catalogue]

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RADIANT SPACES: PRIVATE DOMAIN presents artists working in the tradition of Art Brut. Jean Dubuffet who coined the term Art Brutin the late 1940s, ...
Raymond Pettibon: As Always And So On [Zine] Raymond Pettibon: As Always And So On [Zine] Quick View

Raymond Pettibon: As Always And So On [Zine]

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Limited edition Pettibon zine. Published for the exhibition "5 Stories High: Georganne Deen, Llyn Foulkes, Manuel Ocampo, Raymond Pettibon, Alan Ra...
Robbie Conal: No Spitting No Kidding [Limited Edition Book] Robbie Conal: No Spitting No Kidding [Limited Edition Book] Quick View

Robbie Conal: No Spitting No Kidding [Limited Edition Book]

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In commemoration of Robbie Conals career as both artist and activist, Track 16 Gallery is pleased to present NO SPITTING NO KIDDING a limited editi...
Rub̩en Ortiz Torres: Desmothernismo Quick View

Rub̩en Ortiz Torres: Desmothernismo

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Desmothernismo surveys the work that Ruben Ortiz Torres has produced over the last seven years as hes commuted between the U.S. and Mexico, using d...
Rub̩n Ortiz Torres: Alien Toyz [Brochure] Quick View

Rub̩n Ortiz Torres: Alien Toyz [Brochure]

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A strange pick up truck that slices itself apart and hydraulically dances its own mechanical ballet has been sighted close to the 10 Freeway. Image...
Russell Forester: Unauthorized Autobiography Russell Forester: Unauthorized Autobiography Quick View

Russell Forester: Unauthorized Autobiography

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Unauthorized Autobiography is a thirty-year retrospective of Foresters paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations which looks at his art in...
Snowflake [Volumes 1, 2 & 3] Snowflake [Volumes 1, 2 & 3] Quick View

Snowflake [Volumes 1, 2 & 3]

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This biannual ski/snowboard zine with a pathological reverence for snow, Snowflake was both homey and uncomfortable, foul-mouthed and good-hearted....
Tatti Wattles - A Love Story by Rachel Rosenthal Quick View

Tatti Wattles - A Love Story by Rachel Rosenthal

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Tatti Wattles is an illustrated fable about the meaning of love. Performance artist Rachel Rosenthal tells of the life and death of Tatti Wattles, ...