New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004. 1st Edition. Large quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, french flaps.
"The lively ethnic mix and openness of the [East Village] put a high priority on inclusiveness and community. Everyone was accepted there, and the sense of possibility, irreverence, radicalism, politics, and fun led to a 24/7 carnival atmosphere." Scarce exhibition catalog for a show at NYC's New Museum featuring a visual history of the 1980s East Village artist community. As artists began to move in, the neighborhood saw the rise of hybrid nightlife-art spaces, storefront galleries, and other low-overhead alternatives to SoHo’s rapid gentrification. The renegade art scene that emerged emphasized film, music, and performance art alongside traditional media, working in a variety of styles from graffiti to punk to Neo-Geo. This exhibition at the New Museum collects over 150 works by more than 75 visual artists and performers including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Martha Cooper, Nan Goldin, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Klaus Nomi, Kenny Scharf, Kiki Smith, David Wojnarowicz, among many others. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates, photos and reproductions; with a foreword by Lisa Phillips, director of the New Museum, an exhibition checklist and contributors' biographies. Fine. Item #4011