Baby-boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois

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Hudson Hills Press, 2003 - Art - 110 pages
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This first monograph on Douglas Bourgeois publishes the fascinating work of a figurative artist whose meticulously detailed paintings and sculptural assemblages present icons of popular culture as well as everyday people from Louisiana's diverse populations. With magical realist imagery, his work combines religious figures, pop-culture artifacts, environmental concerns, social issues, and the iconic stars of Hollywood's golden age and contemporary rock 'n' roll. Bourgeois fuses private fantasy with a kind of social document, exploring everything from racial tensions to violence, both domestic and public. The artist, like the figures he depicts, searches for magic or spiritual qualities in everyday things. Ultimately he and his art seek redemption.
This color-filled volume includes three essays and color reproductions of key works dating from 1975 to 2001. It is published in conjunction with a traveling retrospective exhibition organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Its reference value is enhanced by the inclusion of a chronology, bibliography, lists of exhibitions and collections, and index.

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Richard J. Powell is Associate Professor of Art History at Duke University. Dan Cameron is Editor of "Dancing at the Louvre" and Senior Curator at The New Museum of Contemporary Art. Ann Gibson is Associate Professor and Associate Director of Publications of the Humanities Institute at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Thalia Gouma-Peterson is Professor of Art History and museum director at The College of Wooster. Patrick Hill is a doctoral candidate in the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Moira Roth is Trefethen Professor of Art History at Mills College. Michele Wallace is Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Pennington previously held positions at the Smithsonian Institution, Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Mississippi, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

David S. Rubin is The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

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