Primitive Arts: An Exhibition (1962)
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A large-format exhibition catalogue for 1962 exhibition at UCLA, 'Primitive Arts.' Ambitiously conceptualized by Art Historian Ralph C. Altman, the intention was to expand the vision of a currently limited public perception of "primitive art." His introductory essay is a testament to the curatorial and critical process of not only assembling, but trying to convey an understanding of his collection, as a group and individual works. The exhibition is a kind of index, built on the conceptual and physical bases that determine what work is, looks like, and feigns a "primitive" quality. The ephemeral and ritual realm of the primitive in art is reproduced in black and white reproductions that fill the page, as well as a full exhibition checklist with descriptions.
Printed on the occasion of the exhibition 'Primitive Arts,' UCLA Art Galleries, 4 March–15 April, 1962.
Exh. organized by Ralph C. Altman.
Printed by Grant Dahlstrom/The Castle Press on fine art paper.