Cécile Whiting is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Irvine, and author of A Taste for Pop: Pop Art, Gender, and Consumer Culture (1997) and Antifascism in American Art (1989).
“The rise in the 1960s of Los Angeles to “Second Art City”—an artistic centre in a city famously without any obvious centre itself, perfectly prefiguring the decentred post-modern metropolis—is charted evocatively with a selective history of the art and artists while considering its rapidly expanding network of museums, galleries, art schools, and critical channels within the context of urban and economic development.” - The Art Newspaper
“The first in-depth examination of Los Angeles as both the focus of and inspiration for such art forms as photography, painting, and sculpture. She presents a strong collection of images that cover not just the expected sunny beaches but also Los Angeles's urban and suburban landscapes. What will stay with the reader is how this innovative depiction of a particular time and period in a city's history began to shape American cultural life in a way that still exists.” - Library Journal
“[Whiting] indicates the direction of critical engagement with Pop as we move away from the New York-centered world of Pop art.” - CAA Reviews
“Pioneering. . . . Whiting’s project will be central to any further work on West Coast art in the postwar period.” - Art Journal - College Art Association
“Whiting’s solid scholarship lends credence to her clearly-stated arguments.” - Art Times
Takes readers on a great ride.” - Antiques and the Arts Weekly
“The analysis is sharp, the material is rich, the writing is lucid, and the illustrations solidify our grasp of the argument. It is a fascinating study that enriches our understanding of the cultural history of Los Angeles as well as of American art during the 1960s.” - Southern California Quarterly