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SURF AND TURF: LA ART SCHOOLS

Not so long ago the decision to become an artist was greeted by parents with horror. But with the ’80s art boom, the joke was that art was every bit as solid a career choice as dentistry. With more than 10,000 students due to pack off to graduate arts programs this fall, we wondered where tomorrow’s MFAs most want to go today and why. With all signs pointing to Los Angeles and a pair of schools—UCLA and the Art Center College of Design—battling for the distinction of Black Mountain by the beach, we asked ANDREW HULTKRANS to visit the campuses and talk with students in their studios. Photographer JEFF BURTON followed with his camera.)

If UCLA were a rock scene, it would be Seattle, right after Nevermind went platinum.

Dennis Cooper, Spin, July 1997

As I follow Dennis Cooper’s car along a tortuous insider’s route to the bowels of Culver City, location of UCLA’s graduate art studios, I wonder

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