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Wizard of Oz Exhibition, The

2009
Author(s):
Hoffman, Jens
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Illustrator(s):
Various
Publisher(s):
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
Genre(s):
Literary Criticism
Art & Photography

Comments:
L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz--which captured an America rapidly changing in response to industrial, political and technological advances--is the impetus for this exquisitely designed catalogue for an exhibition by curator and CCA Wattis Director Jens Hoffmann. An eclectic group of international artists including Robert Bechtle, Jennifer Bornstein, Ulla von Brandenburg, Bruce Conner, Walker Evans, Simryn Gill, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Loris Gréaud, Joseph Grigely, Carsten Höller, Evan Holloway, Glenn Ligon, Steve McQueen, Gareth Moore, Rivane Neuenschwander, Raymond Pettibon, Clare Rojas, Harry Smith, Donald Urquhart, Andy Warhol and Cerith Wyn Evans either created new work or are represented by existing pieces that resonate with the way we experience the world and the idea of America itself. The generously illustrated volume includes a text on each artist, as well as critical essays by Hoffmann and Baum biographer Rebecca Loncraine.

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