Art on the Block
Tracking the New York Art World From Soho to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond
A tour of the last four decades of contemporary art in New York City reveals how artists pioneered new trends in gentrification and inspired art renewals, focusing on the achievements of such artists as Basquiat and Rauschenberg.
An informative tour of the last four decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing how artists were the unwitting footsoldiers of gentrification and how neighbhorhoods in turn shaped their art—with special attention to artists such as Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons
A fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing how artists are catalysts of gentrification and how neighborhoods in turn shape their art--with special insights into the work of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons
Stories of New York City's fabled art scene conjure up artists' lofts in SoHo, studios in Brooklyn, and block after block of galleries in Chelsea. But today, no artist can afford a SoHo loft, Brooklyn has long gentrified, and even the galleries of Chelsea are beginning to move on. Art on the Block takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods that shape, and are shaped by, New York's ever-evolving art world. Based on interviews with over 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, art historian and cultural commentator Ann Fensterstock explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next.
Opening with the colonization of the desolate South Houston Industrial District in the late 1960s, the book follows the art world’s subsequent elopements to the East Village in the ‘80s, Brooklyn in the mid-90s, Chelsea at the beginning of the new millennium and, most recently, to the Lower East Side. With a look to the newest neighborhoods that artists are just now beginning to occupy, this is a must-read for both art enthusiasts as well as anyone with a passion for New York City.
An informative tour of the last four decades of contemporary art in New York City reveals how artists pioneered new trends in gentrification and inspired community art renewals, focusing on the achievements of such contributors as Basquiat, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Koons.
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Four decades of the contemporary art scene including profiles of Basquiat and Koons.
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