New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists

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This initial publication from a new publisher documents the painting and sculpture annuals held in New York from 1951 to 1957, initially as the "9th Street Exhibition" and then at the Stable Gallery. Herskovic, a scientist by training, has produced a number of video interviews with artists of the New York School and here provides concise summaries of participation in these seminal exhibitions of Abstract Expressionism. Participants in the first two exhibits (86 of the 265 who participated to some degree in the various exhibitions) are given four pages each, which include a brief artist's statement (extracted from published material, from the period if possible), two full-page plates (generally good but not necessarily works from the exhibits), and a one-page bio/exhibition listing (whose completeness is unclear). The book is short on critical assessment but makes no claim beyond documentation, which it meets to a degree. Artist participants are indeed documented, but there are no lists of works exhibited. Do they exist? The book is silent. Although this is a well-printed product of enthusiasm, it feels myopic and lacking in editorial perspective. Of some use for specialist collections on modern art.--Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780967799407
  • Publisher: New York School Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Pages: 393
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    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.

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