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Each edition of UPON PAPER is dedicated to a different theme, a leitmotif that presents the most varied perspectives and positions on that subject. In the first edition the theme is Los Angeles; a city in which it is not only dreams that are larger than life.
Californian artist Doug Aitken talks about his seductive multimedia work; Beach Boys expert Jon Stebbins writes about the creation of arguably the most long awaited album in pop music history – SMiLE; and we discover the new, intelligent Hollywood in Sofia and Roman Coppola’s Directors Bureau. Author Travis Jeppesen presents a portrait of the life-partner of novelist Christopher Isherwood: the painter and draftsman Don Bachardy — A Singular Man. We witness the birth of the skater scene in the empty pools of early-1970s Los Angeles, captured in the thrilling photographs of Hugh Holland.
The heterogeneous architecture of a city, which already understands the twentieth century as an antique age, will also be illuminated: the German artist Veronika Kellndorfer speaks with the Californian architect Mark Lee about their work and will also be represented by a piece that takes the famous Lovell Beach House as its theme. The prize-winning architect Michael Maltzan investigates his fascination with Los Angeles, his adopted home, in an essay from his book No More Play.
Juan José Gurrola and John Valadez represent L.A.’s Mexican art scene, which has recently attracted attention due to the group exhibition Pacific Standard Time. The exhibition will tour to its only European port of call, Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau, in March 2012.
The dark side of the City of Angels is also investigated, for instance, in a feature about the downfall of the Hollywood star Montgomery Clift. Once as famous as Marlon Brando, he experienced one of the slowest suicides in show business as a result of a tragic accident and the drug addiction that followed.
Other features are devoted to Wim Wenders’ relationship with Hollywood, Peter Cain’s paintings of gas stations, David Hockney’s swimming pool images of the sixties and seventies, as well as Bob Mizer’s early photographs of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a young Adonis. Marion Blackburn takes us on a voyage West with Jack Kerouac, and Karl Lippegaus traces the exodus of the musical genius Charles Mingus from L.A. to New York.
Holger Homann, Editor in Chief
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