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Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts: A Photographic Exhibition

Rosen, Seymour

Published by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 1962
Condition: g+ to vg Soft cover
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Quarto. 48pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. Illustrated with 38 b/w photographic reproductions, 4 tipped-in color photographs and 1 map, "Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts" documents the 1962 exhibition at LACMA, the first devoted to this unique work of architecture and art. Rosen's photoessay conveys both the august and the intimate aspects of the towers. It includes grand, now-iconic images of the towers' imposing skeletal frames, which seem both ancient and modern silhouetted against the sky, as well as keenly focused details, often showing the personal vision and hand of the artist. There are incised dates when Rodia began certain sections, impressions of the simple tools he used, and abstract decorative elements formed from household items. Multicolored tiles made of broken glass, crockery, and other cast-off materials give the cement surfaces a subtle, scintillating glow. The catalogue essay, by Paul M. Laporte, provides insights into the character of Simon Rodia, a skilled construction worker with no formal artistic training. The essay also gives a detailed overview of the structure of the work and recounts the towers' early history, including bureaucratic attempts to tear them down. This early publication showcases the towers at a crucial point in their ongoing cultural journey. (From the Publishers). Minor ahelf wear and age-toning along edges of wrappers. Wraps in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39644

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Title: Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts: A ...

Publisher: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Publication Date: 1962

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Edition: First edition.

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