When the legendary Ferus Gallery set up shop in Los Angeles in 1957, it didn’t have much to its name but the collective ambition and dedication of its founders, artist Ed Kienholz and curator Walter Hopps.
Biut the Ferus Gallery seeded a wild scene that eventually put Los Angeles on the art world's map.
Three months after Ferus opened, Mr Blum walked in.
Over the next few years, Mr Blum moved Los Angeles from the fringes of the art world to its blazing-hot centre.
A Place to Begin is an illustrated oral history of this heroic enterprise. It is edited by Kristine McKenna is an American journalist, critic and art curator best known for her interviews with artists, writers, thinkers, filmmakers and musicians.
Over 200 illustrations, many in colour.
The book is fetching between €225 euro and €490 euro at online booksellers. A new copy still in shrink-wrap is available from Quay Books for €140 euro including shipping.