Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art
Are You Experienced?:
How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art
by Ken Johnson
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SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK Ken Johnson was hallucinating when he wrote Are You Experienced? But the New York Times art critic’s first book is not a stoner’s kiss-the-sky meditation on visual culture so much as a disarming, sometimes overreaching, memoir of the ways contemporary artists have expanded his own mind.
Does boring art look better on drugs? Were Richard Serra, Jeff Koons, and Robert Smithson high when they came up with the “Torqued Ellipses,” Rabbit, and Spiral Jetty? How high would you have to be to feel transported by a Warhol Brillo box? Johnson takes on these questions, and more, in his holistic examination of art since the social revolution of the ’60s.
No question that art derives power from the kind of vivid color and freaky, outsize imagery that psychedelics inspire. Johnson chooses Pour Your
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