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Peter Selz


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Preface: Setting the Scene 1. Childhood: Munich, Art, and Hitler 2. New York: Stieglitz, Rheingold, and 57th Street 3. Chicago to Pomona: New Bauhaus and Early Career 4. Back to New York: Inside MoMA 5. MoMA Exhibitions: From New Images of Man to Alberto Giacometti 6. POP Goes the Art World: Departure from New York 7. Berkeley: Politics, Funk, Sex, and Finances 8. Students, Colleagues, and Controversy 9. A Career in Retirement: Returning to Early Themes and Passions 10. A Conclusion: Looking at Kentridge and Warhol Notes Selected Bibliography and Exhibition History Acknowledgments Index

About the Author

Paul J. Karlstrom, former West Coast Regional Director of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, is the editor of On the Edge of America: California Modernist Art, 1900--1950 (UC Press) and a co-editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1860--1970. He is coauthor of Turning the Tide: Early Los Angeles Modernists, 1920--1956 and author of Raimonds Staprans: Art of Tranquility and Turbulence.


"An intellectual bildungsroman recounting a life in art that never stopped evolving." Artillery "A paean to a man who is both vastly experienced and eternally youthful in his outlook." Huffington Post "Life is short, art is long, but sometimes it's the other way, too." San Francisco Chronicle "A fascinating account of an individual who has made many contributions to art history." Washington Ind Rev Of Bks "An enjoyable account of a man who seemed always to be in the right place at the right time with the right passions." Artnet Magazine "Like a moving still life... Peter Selz was a great subject, and Karstrom matched him with a great biography." -- Wayne Andersen European Legacy "An essential read for anyone seriously involved in the field." Whitehot Magazine "With Selz at the helm, the Berkeley Art Museum redefined many aspects of modern art and brought overdue attention to California artists." Berkeleyside "A captivating story... This Selz biography offers not only a study into the life of a renowned art figure but also an analysis of the art world of the twentieth century as a whole." -- Kate Sowada Oral History Review "California art enthusiasts and libraries will especially appreciate this detailed and well-researched, scholarly book." Library Journal

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