September 27, 2010
History Professor Ken Allan examines Ed Ruscha’s paintings and books in “Ed
Ruscha, Pop Art, and Spectatorship in 1960s Los Angeles,” published in the
September issue of The Art Bulletin. Ruscha, who lives and works in Los
Angeles, is known for his interpretation of city life through his art. An early
member of the Pop Art movement, he captured the essence of Los Angeles in many
of his paintings and books. The Art Bulletin, published by the College Art
Association, highlightsall aspects of art history as practiced in the
academy, museums, and other institutions.
who received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, specializes in postwar
American and European art. He is currently working on a book on artistic
practice, social space and spectatorship in 1960s Los Angeles; an exhibit
catalog for, “Pacific Standard Time: Painting and Sculpture in Los
Angeles, 1945-1975,” scheduled to open in 2011 at the Getty Center, and an
article on the artist Wallace Berman and bebop jazz in Los Angeles. Allan
joined the Fine Arts faculty in 2006.
The Fine Arts Department , one of 33 departments in the College of Arts and
Sciences, offers undergraduate degrees in art history, music, theater, visual art, digital
design, and photography and an MFA in Arts Leadership.
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