Seed of Modernism, A: The Art Students League of Los Angeles, 1906-1953

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An account of the rise of L.A.'s modern art scene.
A Seed of Modernism chronicles the vibrant artwork that came out of the Art Students League of Los Angeles, one of the city's earliest art schools. Explorative, bold, and visionary, the league was influential in the formation of Los Angeles's distinct contemporary aesthetic.

For years, pre-WWII Los Angeles was thought of as a cultural desert, but in fact the artistic community was both vibrant and ambitious. Initially a series of informal sketch classes, the league gradually grew into a center of creative exploration that fostered a fearless approach to art and launched friendships, scandals, rivalries, and even marriages. Many members found inspiration in Los Angeles's burgeoning immigrant cultures, some incorporating Japanese themes and techniques to create a unique aesthetic, and the league had a strong contingent of immigrant artists. Japanese American league members who were interned during WWII at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, formed a branch of the Art Students League there. For decades, the Art Students League of Los Angeles pushed the boundaries of self-expression. In its ideals and achievements we can follow the heady rise of modernism on the West Coast and also throughout America.

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Will South is the Curator of Collections for the Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick is an independent writer, researcher, lecturer, and who co-author of An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West, which received the 1998 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Art Book.

Julia Armstrong-Totten is an independent researcher who was formerly Senior Research Editor at the Getty Research Institute's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance.

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