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Description - Art on the Block by Ann Fensterstock

"A fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing how artists are catalysts of gentrification and how neighborhoods in turn shape their art--with special insights into the work of artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons"Stories of New York City's fabled art scene conjure up artists' lofts in SoHo, studios in Brooklyn, and block after block of galleries in Chelsea. But today, no artist can afford a SoHo loft, Brooklyn has long gentrified, and even the galleries of Chelsea are beginning to move on. "Art on the Block "takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods that shape, and are shaped by, New York's ever-evolving art world. Based on interviews with over 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, art historian and cultural commentator Ann Fensterstock explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next.Opening with the colonization of the desolate South Houston Industrial District in the late 1960s, the book follows the art world's subsequent elopements to the East Village in the 80s, Brooklyn in the mid-90s, Chelsea at the beginning of the new millennium and, most recently, to the Lower East Side. With a look to the newest neighborhoods that artists are just now beginning to occupy, this is a must-read for both art enthusiasts as well as anyone with a passion for New York City."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781137278494
ISBN-10: 1137278498
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 164mm x 27mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2013
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ann Fensterstock

Ann Fensterstock is a leading expert on contemporary art. She sits on the board of many contemporary art museums including MOMA, the Whitney, New Museum, the Met, and the National Gallery in Washington,and serves asa lecturer and tour guide for the Cosmopolitan Club, the Colony Club, and regional museums, among others. Fensterstock is a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Council, and shewrites a popular blog for Artview's website. She regularly speaks at panel discussions on art history topics in New York City, and holds an M. A. in Art History from New York University. She lives in New York City.