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Posted on March 29, 2017
Louis Menand of The New Yorker reviews the exhibition "Inventing Downtown", at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery. The exhibition challenges the conventional narrative of the budding post-war New York art scene by focusing on artist-run galleries and the women artists who pushed the stylistic envelope of Abstract Expressionism.
"It’s moving, really, to see virtually all the contemporary art modes that would become mainstream by the mid-nineteen-sixties being adumbrated in these tiny gallery spaces ten years earlier: Pop, Minimalism, performance, Conceptual art, poster art, political art, found art. And that art, the art of the mid-sixties, is basically the ground from which contemporary art still grows. "