A fascinating look at the birth of Modern Art in Los Angeles in the 1950s; when most of the population thought it was either a joke or a communist plot. It's told in the context of the Ferus Art Gallery, founded in 1956 as a sort of five year experiment. It almost didn't make it, and was temporarily closed the following year after one of the exhibiting artists was charged with obscenity, but slowly, the works began to sell - much to the surprise of the artists. Interspersing modern art legends Ed Ruscha, Frank Gehry, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, Irving Blum and Dean Stockwell with a stream of art-work, interviews with locals, including Dennis Hopper, and beautiful archive footage of L.A. when it still looked more like reclaimed desert than a city, this is a nostalgic treat for art-lovers.
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