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The Cool School (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 7 March 2008 (USA)
How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.

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Morgan Neville

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Credited cast:
Eve Babitz Eve Babitz ... Herself
John Baldessari John Baldessari ... Himself
Larry Bell Larry Bell ... Himself
Billy Al Bengston Billy Al Bengston ... Himself
Edmond Bereal Edmond Bereal ... Himself
Irving Blum Irving Blum ... Himself
Jeff Bridges ... Himself - Narrator
Charles Brittin Charles Brittin ... Himself
William Claxton William Claxton ... Himself
Donald Factor Donald Factor ... Himself
Sonia Gechtoff Sonia Gechtoff ... Herself
Frank Gehry ... Himself
Hal Glicksman Hal Glicksman ... Himself
Peter Goulds Peter Goulds ... Himself
Elyse Grinstein Elyse Grinstein ... Herself
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How LA Learned to Love Modern Art. A lesson in how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch.

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Fascinating Look at '50s-60s LA Art Scene
12 November 2007 | by steve-belgard-1See all my reviews

Viewed at Starz Denver Film Festival. This IS the film if you want a crash course on LA's hipster art scene of the mid '50s and late '60s. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. It was at Ferus Gallery that bookwormish Walter Hopps (who cared about the art) and Cary Grant-like Irving Blum (who cared about the money) brought together a unique and odd collection of off-beat artists to La Cienega - Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell, John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin and Kenneth Price, among others. Bon vivants, artists, collectors and cigar afficionados Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell are interspersed throughout. The gallery housed Warhol's first exhibit, brought in Lichtenstein, and got busted by the cops for an exhibit deemed obscene. After seeing the film, I suggest going to Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood - to look up the ghosts.


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