Before The Disney Concert Hall There Was An Art Dock

Author revisits the work of 33 artists who struggled to survive while defining what the term ‘art’ could really mean.
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Nov. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- (SARATOGA, CA) Author Carlton M Davis’ latest release, The Art Dockuments, is a thought-provoking look at the art scene in 1980s Los Angeles. An excellent read and gift for the seasoned artist, or simply art-curious.

“Those whose downtown Los Angeles touchstone is Frank Gehry’s aluminum-clad, tornado-like Disney Concert Hall may have trouble conjuring what the area was like thirty years before that building starred in every new automobile ad on television. The Art Dockuments, by Carlton Davis, is a fascinating tribute to a very different Downtown scene and the scrappy artists who gentrified this rundown section of the city during the first half of the 80s.”   ForeWard Reviews

The Art Dockuments is a portrait of contemporary art and artists that began as a joke idea to exhibit art in a loading dock in downtown Los Angeles’ old industrial neighborhood, where artists had begun an illegal community amidst the urban decline and the homeless.

The Art Dock became the vehicle for a tongue-in-cheek manifesto about art as a commodity, evolved into a community gallery, thrived in the cultural attention given to LA during the 1984 Olympics, and ultimately came to a conclusion as a business attempt with disastrous and comical results. Thirty three exhibitions from 1981- 1986 took place in the drive-by gallery, where anyone traveling by the loading dock could see the art and the artists working on their installations.

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Carlton Davis is an author, artist, and architect. He wrote for LA Architect and was their design critic. In 2009, He published a book entitled Bipolar Bare, which documents his 40-year struggle with Bipolar Disorder. In September 2012, he published The Art Dockuments. In October 2012 the Art Dockuments were selected as the winner in the Art/Photography category for the Southern California Book Festival.  In November 2012, USA Book Awards made The Art Dockuments a finalist in Art –General Category.

Title: The Art Dockuments: Tales of the Art Dock: The Drive-by Gallery
Author: Carlton M Davis
Published date: September 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1461082101
Publisher: Carlton M Davis
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