The day the New York School of artists established itself

Home » The day the New York School of artists established itself
The Ninth Street Show 1951 | Via Artnet

May 21, On This Day

Birth of the avant-garde in NYC

The Ninth Street Show poster | Via Phaidon

Exactly 70 years ago from today, on May 21, 1951, an iconic hub for art established itself in the bustling heart of New York City.

The Ninth Street Show, 1951. Photograph by Aaron Siskind. | Via Artland Magazine

The Ninth Street Show, today known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition, opened up as a gathering of notable artists — and mainly the emergence of the post-war New York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School.

“Greenwich Village” by Felix Stahlberg, 2017 | Via Wikipedia

Now considered a historic event, the artist-led exhibition marked the formal debut of Abstract Expressionism, and the first American art movement with international influence. Till this time, it was the School of Paris that had played headquarters for the global art market and typically launched new movements.

Grace Hartigan | Via ART News
Painter Mark Rothko in the 1940s. Via Wikipedia
Painter Philip Guston in 1940. Via Wikipedia

The post-war New York avant-garde artists include names like Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock, and nearly 75 artists in total, including Robert De Niro Sr., Philip Guston, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, and many others.

Their form of art — the New York School — dubbed by some at the time as ‘the crossing of a line’, was later called “the quintessential American and modern art movement”.

Some of the artworks displayed that day (and their artists):

Joan Mitchell | Via Twitter
Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1950.
Oil on canvas, 69 x 72 inches.
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates. This painting is reproduced in the book: New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists: A Complete Documentation of the New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals; 1951-1957 page 255
Via Google
Willem de Kooning in 1961. Via Wikipedia
Willem de Kooning, Woman, 1949-50.
Oil on canvas, 64 1/8 x 46 inches.
All rights reserved by the artist or his legal delegates. This painting is reproduced in the book: New York School Abstract Expressionists: Artists Choice by Artists: A Complete Documentation of the New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals; 1951-1957 page 107
Via Google

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.