STATE OF THE ARTS: California Artists Talk About Their Work.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Morrow, (2000.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Conversations with "more than fifty prominent painters, writers, composers, architects, directors, and performers about how they became artists and how living in California influences their work. Talking about then and now, public history and personal memory, they offer a kaleidoscopic view of the many ways that environment affects and nurtures the creative process. Chronicling their reflections--from Dave Brubeck's childhood on a Concord ranch to Clint Eastwood's first memories of his beloved Carmel, from Luis Valdez's farmworkers' theater to Maxine Hong Kingston's writing of Chinese myth, from Joan Didion's tales of Sacramento to David Hockney's paintings of the Hollywood Hills--these wide-ranging and revealing conversations illuminate creative life in the land of plenty." Others interviewed include "architect Frank Gehry, artist Judy Chicago, musician Don Henley, writer Larry Gelbart, cartoonist Matt Groening, sculptor Robert Graham, actress Carol Burnett, novelist John Rechy, composer George Winston, muralist Judith Baca, producer Norman Lear, choreographer Bella Lewitzky, screenwriter Robert Towne. Some, like novelist Carolyn See, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, songwriter Randy Newman, artist Alexis Smith, and playwright David Henry Hwang, were born in California, but others came from afar." Brief biographical notes about each at the beginning of their discussion. xi, 366 pp. ISBN: 0-380810727.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.