Backyard oasis : the swimming pool in Southern California photography, 1945-1982 / edited by Daniell Cornell ; research team essays, Daniell Cornell... [et al.] ; with a contribution by Robert Atkins.
DelMonico Books/Prestel : Palm Springs Art Museum, Munich [etc.]: 2012
256 p. : il.
"Publicado con ocasión de la exposición "Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982", celebrada en el Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, 21 enero-27 mayo, 2012.
Biblioteca Sbc Aprendizaje A-725.74 BACOPAC Millennium
Southern California’s pool culture is the subject of this unique and luscious collection of photographs that explore the parallel evolution of an iconic symbol and an artistic genre.
Since the end of World War II, southern California's backyard pools - those blue-green oases in an otherwise often arid landscape - have symbolized any number of American ideals: optimism, wealth, consumerism, escape, physical beauty, and the triumph of man over nature. Simultaneously, the field of photography developed as a transformative method for recording the human condition. This exhibition catalogue celebrates the nexus of these two phenomena in a one-of-a-kind collection that features more than two hundred works by more than forty post-war artists and photographers. It presents works by photographers and artists including Bill Anderson, John Baldessari, Ruth Bernhard, David Hockney, Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, Julius Shulman, and Larry Sultan. Thematically grouped into topics ranging from the rise of celebrity culture, suburbia and dystopia, avant-garde architectural landscape design and the cult of the body, these images offer a rich study of the cultural connotations of the swimming pool. Six insightful essays provide a comprehensive overview of the development of the swimming pool and its attendant aesthetic and social culture.
Prestel | Backyard oasis: the swimming pool in Southern California photography, 1945-1982
Palm Springs Art Museum | Backyard oasis: the swimming pool in Southern California photography, 1945-1982
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982
Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California
Daisy Woodward | AnOther, 2012-03-02
Breaking the Surface
‘Backyard Oasis’ uses photography to show how the allure of Southern California swimming pools influenced America’s postwar ethos
Steven Biller | Palm Springs Life, [s.d.]