High times, hard times: New York painting, 1967-1975

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Independent Curators International, 2006 - Art - 176 pages
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In the late 1960s, the New York art world was, famously, an exhilarating place to be. New forms, including performance and video art, were making their debuts, and sculpture was developing in startling ways. In the midst of it all, experimental abstract painting was pressing art's most iconic medium to its limits and beyond. High Times, Hard Timesfills a gap in coverage of this moment in history, recapturing its liveliness and urgency with more than 42 key pieces by 38 artists who were living and working in New York at the time. Many of those featured artists have contributed personal statements reflecting on the work, its meaning and the social scene that surrounded it, including Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Roy Colmer, Mary Corse, David Diao and Peter Young, Guy Goodwin, Harmony Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Cesar Paternosto, Howardena Pindell, Dorothea Rockburne, Carolee Schneemann, Alan Shields, Joan Snyder, Franz Erhard Walther and Jack Whitten, as well as one curator and one critic, Marcia Tucker and Robert Pincus-Witten. The critic Katy Siegel and the painter David Reed have written essays tha focus, respectively, on the work's explosive artistic and political context, and the experience of being a young painter living in New York during these years. Additional pieces by Dawoud Bey and Anna Chave focus on race and gender in that milieu. Color illustrations of every featured work, along with supplementary historic photographs from the period, ephemera, biographies, a timeline and a bibliography round out a beautiful, much-needed book, a complete reference on a crucial era.

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User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

Though this book/exhibition catalog is rife with typographical errors,has a distracting layout, and occasional bouts with excessive self-congratulation -- it attempts to group together disparate painters and process artists and to fill in critical gaps in the timeline of painting. Read full review

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User Review  - SE - Goodreads

This retrospective of largely overlooked artists from the late '60's and early '70's is an amazing curatorial effort on the part of David Reed and Katy Siegel. The artists featured were pioneers in the use of new painting technologies and the affect of politics on their work is examined. Read full review

Contents

Foreword and Acknowl
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Streets
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Another History Is Possible
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Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Katy Siegel is associate professor of art history and art criticism at Hunter College, City University of New York, and a contributing editor at "Artforum". She has written widely on modern and contemporary art, including catalogue essays on Bernard Frize, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Dana Schutz, Richard Tuttle and Lisa Yuskavage. Most recently, she was co-author with Paul Mattick of "Art Works: Money" (2004).

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