Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman
After two years of hard work and the efforts of a dedicated team, I am happy to announce that Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman will be completed, and available for purchase, near the end of October!
This 212 page monograph on the life and work of Craig Kauffman was written by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, the author of the recently published book Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s as well as of Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O’Keeffe, and Modernism Rediscovered: The Architectural Photography of Julius Shulman. Drohojowska-Philp has written catalog essays on the work of Kauffman and other contemporary artists such as Robert Graham, Alexis Smith, and John Baldessari. She contributes to Art News and the Los Angeles Times, and is a weekly art critic for KCRW radio in Santa Monica, California.
In Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman, Drohojowska-Philp traces the development of Kauffman’s luminous paintings, which evolved out of architectural rigor and unabashed sensuality. Both traits characterize the extraordinary art and, to some extent, the life of Kauffman. While challenging the accepted norms of art made after the Second World War, Kauffman retained an allegiance to the traditions of Modernism. A sophisticated and self-consciously cultured man, he harnessed his various, and often contradictory, impulses to achieve an unparalleled body of work. Although Kauffman is one of the most significant figures to emerge from the lively art scene that arose in the 1960s in Los Angeles, Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman will be the first comprehensive publication of his work.