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INVENTING DOWNTOWN ARTIST-RUN GALLERIES IN NEW YORK CITY, 1952-1965. Melissa Rachleff et al. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 2017. Published in association with DelMonico Books, Prestel Publishing, New York. 288 pp. with 220 ills. (140 col.). 30 x 25 cm. ISBN 9783791355580 In English.
Due date: January 2017. Publisher's description: While the achievements of New York City's most renowned postwar artists -- de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Franz Kline -- have been studied in depth, a large cadre of lesser-known but influential artists came of age between 1952 and 1965. Also understudied are the early, experimental works by more well known figures such as Mark di Suvero, Jim Dine, Dan Flavin, and Claes Oldenburg. Focusing on innovative artist-run galleries, this book invites readers to reevaluate the period -- uncovering its diversity, creativity, and nuances, and tracing the spaces' influence during the decades that followed. Inventing Downtown charts the development of artist-run galleries in Lower Manhattan from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s, showing how the area's multicultural spirit played a major role in shaping the artworks exhibited there. The book explores 14 key spaces in which styles such as Pop, Minimalism, and performance and installation art thrived. Excerpts from 33 revealing interviews with artists, critics, and dealers, conducted by Billy Kluver and Julie Martin, offer unique personal insight into the era's creative milieu. Taken together, the book's essays and interviews provide a distinctly new assessment of how downtown New York's fertile environment nurtured an innovative art scene.
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Worldwide Number: 174096
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