In Art + NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Art and Artists, we show you our favorite art-related places all around the city. Of them, few are as creatively fertile as the Bowery during the second half of the 20th century.
A lot has changed as artist lofts have turned to luxury condos, a brand-new gallery district emerging in their wake. And now, the New Museum is (again) paying homage to its downtown digs, with “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989,” a look at two of the most artistically exciting decades on the Bowery: the 1970s and ’80s. Drawing upon the archive of artist Marc Malone, the exhibition features work by 15 artists who lived or worked in the area, plus plenty of ephemera: a concert poster for a gig by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s band, Gray, at CBGB, photos of downtown royalty like Joey Ramone and Deborah Harry, and even the graffiti-covered door from Keith Haring’s Rat Studio at 325 Broome.
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Coleen Fitzgibbon installing the exhibition “Income and Wealth” at 5 Bleecker Street, 1979. Courtesy Coleen Fitzgibbon; Marcia Resnick, Untitled from “Canyon Curb Piece,” 1974. Black-and-white photograph, 11 x 14 in (27.9 x 35.5 cm). Courtesy Marcia Resnick; Billy Sullivan, 250 to 105 Bowery, 1978–89. Slideshow (detail). 81 color slides. Courtesy the artist and Nicole Klagsbrun, New York
Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969–1989
Bowery Artist Tribute
09/19/12 – 01/06/13
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September 20th, 2012