State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work

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If California is a state of mind, Barbara Isenberg's interviews with more than fifty of California's prominent painters, writers, composers, architects, directors, and performers help explain why. I find great delight in reading this book, and in the richness and contributions its heroes have made in life. Studs Terkel

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Barbara Isenberg has been writing about the arts for the Los Angeles Times since 1976 and is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Author of the critically acclaimed Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical, she has received a Distinguished Artists Award from the Los Angeles Music Center and has been a Getty Visiting Scholar. She lives in Los Angeles where she is associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at the University of Southern Califorina.

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This anthology features [edited] transcripts of conversations between art writer Isenberg (Making It Big, LJ 3/15/97) and 54 current or former West Coast artists, writers, actors, and composers in which they express their views of California and its affects on their lives and work. The commonality of living or having lived in the Golden State and the book's sheer number of interviews contribute to a more general, and perhaps unexpected, cumulative message: a defensive championing of the state's freer creative climate. Repeatedly, artists describe how the cultural and historical setting has permitted more experimentation than would be possible in New York. The whiff of regionalism here is not helped by the book's narrow Southern California bias, likely the result of Isenberg's L.A. Times reporter background. (Only a quarter of the artists come from north of Tehachapi.) The collection is saved by the interesting and eclectic variety of means with which these people have found their creative niches, as when Dave Brubeck explains the impact on his musical ear of the rhythms he heard (of horses, pumps) during his ranchland childhood. Although it fails to transcend its limitations, this is an illuminating book, best suited for West Coast and large art libraries.DDouglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA
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