Artistic Vanguard: The 1960s and the Art Students League

Charles Alston, Red, White, and Black, ca. 1960, oil on canvas, 50 x 40 inches. Permanent Collection, The Art Students League of New York.

Artistic Vanguard: The 1960s and the Art Students League
January 11-19, 2018
A pop-up exhibition at the Art Students League coinciding with Carnegie Hall’s music festival The 60s: The Years that Changed America (January 14-March 24, 2018).

The 1960s was in many respects a watershed decade for American painting. The innovations of the Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock, Barnet Newman, and Mark Rothko, which captured international attention during the 1950s, propelled the next generation of abstract painters in a variety of different directions. While League instructors such as Charles Alston, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Theodoros Stamos continued experimenting with elements of Abstract Expressionism, younger artists such as Bruce Dorfman, Helen Frankenthaler, Peter Golfinopoulos, Stephen Greene, Paul Jenkins, Ronnie Landfield, Larry Poons, and Peter Reginato, engaged with alternative movements including color field painting, lyrical abstraction, pop art and assemblage. This exhibition examines the contributions of League artists to new developments in American painting during this pivotal period.


Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Join us for a celebratory reception with the artists and the League’s new Executive Director Michael Rips.

RSVP by January 16, 2018.


Contact Rachel Strader at 212-247-4510 ext. 167 for further information.

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