The Lowdown on Lowbrow

The Lowdown on Lowbrow

Release date:

2006

Running time:

48 minutes

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Closed Captioned:

Yes

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The Lowdown On Lowbrow chronicles the evolution of an iconic alternative art scene and the relatively recent emergence of women artists at its forefront. With influences as diverse as comic books, B-movies, Polynesian culture, punk rock, Southern California's beach scene and the post-WWII atomic scare, Lowbrow art has been grabbing fans in its visceral grip for three decades. Bold, sexy and vibrant, it challenges the traditional world of fine art and takes no truck with any stuffy academic justifications for art.

Lowbrow pioneer Robert Williams relates his early resistance to the ascendancy of abstract expressionism, as well as his work alongside legends like Big Daddy Roth, Von Dutch and Robert Crumb. At first an outcropping of other pop culture scenes, Lowbrow gained prominence on customized hotrods, record covers and psychedelic rock posters.

Today, a new generation of Lowbrow artists are coming out from behind the flame jobs and Tiki heads to enjoy unprecedented fame. With monikers like I, Braineater, Shag, the Pop Tarts, 12Midnite and The Pizz, they largely resent being classified at all.

The Lowdown On Lowbrow, a veritable catalogue of the scene's best offerings, lets these subversive artists claim their rightful place in the history of western art.

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