On February 13, 2010, the new GalleryBeat Media talk show, Cooking with GalleryBeat, debuted with author Fred Kaplan, who's recently published his historical nonfiction book "1959, THE YEAR EVERYTHING CHANGED'. Fred is also the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for Slate.com.
The big question was from me was; why 1959? What is it about that year that Kaplan could make that bold pronouncement? He does make a good argument, the book is a truckload of sometimes searing facts and the occasional 'huh?' moment. How do I steer it around to the art question? No problema para Senor Kaplan! He deftly blasts through the usual boilerplate we in the art industry generally are subjected to, into the time when the entire planet was in fear of Cold War extermination of a good chunk of the western world and simultaneously exploring space travel with drugs, jazz, beatniks, and rockets.
This is just a part of the show that we will trundle out in bits so the webheads may in fact, not choke on long play video. Miss this at your peril, for history is that one thing we have for self-awareness, it's called the memory.
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