Essays on Art & Democracy
Winner of the "Genius" Award - Macarthur Fellow 2001-2006
Stated First Edition, Fourth Impression
Pictorial Trade Paperbound
Item Description: Art Issues.Press, Los Angeles, 1997
Book Condition: Very Good/Lighlty Bumped/Rubbed
Frontispiece: Scott Grieger, "Keith Richard playing Don Judd Guitar 1972"
Air Guitar' is Dave Hickey's 'memoir without tears'--a journey through the vernacular cultural landscape of the United States in the second half of the twentieth century. Looking back from the vantage-point of his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, Hickey speculates on everything from jazz and rock-and-roll to basketball and professional wrestling--from magic and psychedelia to gambling and the culture of 'little stories'--from automotive design to series television to Saturday-morning cartoons. The emphasis in these twenty-three essays is on the way 'the arts' function in the drift of everyday life, outside the venues of official culture, and on singular 'lives in the arts, ' lived outside those venues, with meditations on the careers of Liberace, Hank Williams, Chet Baker, Andy Warhol, Johnny Mercer, Norman Rockwell, magicians Siegfield & Roy, and wrestler Lady Godiva. Underlying Hickey's writing is an abiding belief that cultural life in a democracy can, and occasionally does function in a democratic manner, sustained by the whims of affection and the commerce of opinion.
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