[Updated at 7:25 a.m. The archives of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks reveal an account of an attempted rape by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper. Associated Press via Washington Post.]
Historian Barry Landau and assistant Jason Savedoff were indicted Thursday in the theft and sale of historic documents. AP via Washington Post.
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s book on the Los Angeles art scene in the 1960s is reviewed by former Times art critic Suzanne Muchnic in the Los Angeles Times and by Michael S. Roth in the Washington Post.
Muchnic: “Rebels in Paradise” is an independent project — served up just in time to be savored as an appetizer for the upcoming feast. More Vanity Fair than standard art history, it’s an affectionate, deliciously gossipy account of the decade when a convergence of renegade artists, entrepreneurs, curators, collectors and writers put Los Angeles on the art world’s map. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, a longtime observer of the scene and a biographer of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, calls her new book “a love letter to Los Angeles, still a place of perpetual possibility and infinite invention.”
Roth: She tells us just a little about their work: how Ed Moses busted the borders of the gallery format, how Ed Ruscha integrated words into his paintings, how Robert Irwin and James Turrell discovered light as their medium, and how Judy Chicago explored sexuality and gender in this macho atmosphere. But we learn more about who was sleeping with whom, about prices for art when it was cheap, and about how these West Coast artists came to understand their careers in relation to the entrenched interests in the other art scene they sought to supplant: New York’s.
Andrew Stern writes for Reuters about the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibit of Soviet posters from World War II, “Windows on the War. Eve M. Kahn writes about the exhibit in the New York Times.
Linda Wheeler, in the Washington Post’s A House Divided blog on the Civil War, writes that an original Civil War banner was found in the attic of the Sandusky County Ohio Historical Society.