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Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s Exhibition Catalogue
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Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s Exhibition Catalogue

  • £29.95

This exciting volume presents the work of three leading figures of the New York art scene of the 1970s, focusing on the intersections between their practices and exploring their shared concerns. Published in association with Prestel Verlag.

Collaborators and friends, Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, and Gordon Matta-Clark were at the cutting edge of Manhattan’s burgeoning downtown art scene during the 1970s. This catalogue accompanies the exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery which examines the crossover of these artists’ practices and the influence of their work on each other.

Focusing on their mutual themes of performance, the body, the urban environment and found spaces, the book is divided into four sections: Downtown New York; Drawing and Performing; Urban Inventions; and Performance and Interaction. The city of New York in the 1970s, faced with bankruptcy, rising crime rates and unemployment, plays its own starring role in the book, as these artists worked in derelict city buildings for their large-scale projects and engaged directly with the public out of doors. This beautiful volume documents an exciting period in the history of contemporary art and reveals the lasting value of open exchange between artists.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York 1970s at Barbican Art Gallery (3rd March 2011 to 22nd May 2011).

242 pages
170 colour illustrations

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