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Bruce Nauman

The consequences of letting it rip in 1974

The consequences of letting it rip in 1974

So there's my name, on Page 1 of "Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980," the Getty's massive overview catalog for its monumental effort to get Southern California modern art into the heretofore New York-centric history of American modernism.

The mention isn't so much about me as about my 1974 book, "Sunshine Muse: Contemporary Art on the West Coast" (which was reissued by the University of California Press as "Sunshine Muse: Art on the West Coast, 1945-1970" in 2000). Though the Pacific Standard Time catalog gives me "enormous credit for producing the first and, until this publication, only" — more about that below —...