New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated red, yellow and black stiff paper wraps.
Whitney Museum exhibition catalog (September 20 - December 2, 1984), for a show dedicated to the foundational years of the American Pop and Minimalist movements that came in the wake of 1950s Abstract Expressionism: "To the young artists arriving in New York at the end of the decade, expressive paint handling had degenerated into a decorative, academic mannerism. When Art News ran a two-part series of interviews in 1959 on the subject of whether or not a new academy existed, the answer was uniformly affirmative....Clearly the moment was propitious for a change" (from the introduction by art historian and exhibition curator Haskell). Illustrated with roughly 200 black-and-white photos, with chapters on "The Aesthetics of Junk," Happenings, Fluxus, "The New American Dance," Pop Art, and Minimalism; and showcasing works by Carl Andre, Jim Dine, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Yayoi Kusama, Claes Oldenburg, and many others. With an essay on independent film of the period by then Whitney Media Arts curator Hanhardt. Includes notes, a detailed chronology, bibliography, and list of works exhibited. Early owner inscription to half-title. Light rubbing to joints, crease to lower corner of rear wrap. Very good. Item #179