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Posted November 28, 2001
The Essential Book on the Other Artists of the New York School
Frankly, there has never been a study to date that groups many of the so called 'other artists' together. In this book you will see many of the 'Big Boys' like Pollock and DeKooning and what is really refreshing is that you will see them side by side with lesser known artists. We are talking about a large community-like group - not the usual 10 or so big names. You can see in this book that these other artists can certainly hold their own. Hopefully curators, gallery owners and collectors will see the real quality in these other painters and sculptors. The starting point in this study is the historic 9th Street Show of 1951. This is discussed in detail as are the subsequent Artists Annuals of 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. There are many charts, examples of posters like the great one by Franz Kline, and photographs. Previous books on the New York School have just skimmed-over these shows. This is our Rennaisance in Art and these artists work caused the center of the art world to be focused in New York instead of Paris. Their study and microscopic analysis is vital to a better understanding of the Abstract Expressionist Movement and their innovators. 86 artists are featured. Each artist has 2 works shown in full-page. The reproductions are of the highest quality. There are artist's statements for each artist (which is so important), as well as a Bio and listings of solo and group exhibitions. This is a 393 page book and is in a nice large 12' x 9 1/2' format. The dj is a neat silver background with black and red lettering which pops-out at you. A recurring motif of the artist's names from a-z appears on the dj front and back. The binding is a black cloth with raised lettering. For example, the 'S' artists in the book are: Salemme, Sander, Sanders, Savelli, Schanker, Schapiro, Schlemovitz, Schloss, Schnabel, Schnitzler, Schueler, Schwabacher, Sekula, Seliger, Seligman, Shapiro, Sills, Slivka, Smith, H. Solomon, Spaventa, Spillenger, Speyer, Squire, Stamos, Stankiewicz, Stefanelli, Stephan, Sterne, and Steubing. This gives you an idea of the breadth of artists in the NY School community. This is a must have for scholars, curators, collectors and gallery owners as well as those who are just interested in Abstract Expressionism and American Modernism. It will become one of the mainstays in any important art library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.