The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 19, 2014


Christie's announces private sale exhibition featuring about 40 paintings from the 1970s
Ellsworth Kelly, Three Greys, 1975. Oil on canvas in three panels, 108 x 108 in. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s will present an upcoming Private Sale exhibition: “We had to destroy it in order to save it.” Painting in New York in the 1970s. Co-curated by the esteemed art historian Robert Pincus-Witten and Christie’s Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Development, Amy Cappellazzo, the exhibition will be on view from October 2-27, 2012 in Christie’s 20th Floor Private Sales gallery, Rockefeller Center. It will feature approximately 40 works by artists who remained dedicated to painting at a time of crisis in the discipline: Richard Artschwager, Jo Baer, Jennifer Bartlett, Mary Heilmann, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, Robert Moskowitz, Elizabeth Murray, Blinky Palermo, Dorothea Rockburne, Susan Rothenberg, Robert Ryman, and Frank Stella. Many of the works featured in the exhibition are on loan from select private and institutional collections.

“The 1970s remain one of the most thought-provoking yet least distilled and deciphered periods in art history. This exhibition will hopefully elucidate the artistic impulses of artists who stayed with the Modernist tenants of painting against all odds,” declared Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Post-War and Contemporary Art Development, and co-curator of the exhibition.

“My experiences of the New York art world during the 1970s were charged and privileged. I met and worked with many figures who were addressing the role of painting at a moment when painting itself was under particular siege. These artists, then scarcely known but today household names, were trying to find ways to maintain their sense of painting's contemporary pertinence. My years at Artforum as an editor in the 1970s were, in a sense, allowed for by my primary academic responsibilities since there is scant monetary gain in the critical calling. I was curious about how this seemingly anomalous period could be revisited, how it would strike today’s audience. When Amy Cappellazzo of Christie's invited me to join her in such a retrospective glance, I responded with alacrity,” commented Robert Pincus-Witten, co-curator and Professor Emeritus in Art History at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York.

The title of the exhibition derives from a statement by an anonymous military official during the Vietnam War and reiterated by Peter Arnett in The New York Times, “We had to destroy it in order to save it,” regarding the US bombing of the civilian town Ben Tre.

The 1970s was a tumultuous time in American history and by extension, art history. New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy. Economically, stagnation coupled with inflation created a sense of despair and a need to rethink the future. President Gerald R. Ford angered many New Yorkers by refusing to grant the city a bailout, a decision famously summarized by the New York Daily News headline "Ford to City: Drop Dead." During this time of social and political turmoil, artists were responding to this upheaval by incorporating new media and technologies into their artistic practice. While multimedia works were perceived as the most avant-garde, a group of New York painters radically returned to traditional methods of application, with an emphasis on the handmade in their commitment to the authenticity of painting. “We had to destroy it in order to save it." Painting in New York in the 1970s, aims to shed light on those who adhered to painting’s principle ideas. These artists preserved painterly expression by redefining it for a new generation.

The catalogue will feature essays by Robert Pincus-Witten and Barbara Rose who were among the most influential critics when art criticism enjoyed huge influence. During the 1970s Robert Pincus-Witten was a Senior Editor at Artforum and Barbara Rose curated the divisive “American Painting: The Eighties” exhibition at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University in 1979.



Today's News

August 31, 2012

Exhibition dedicated to the moving image in the François Pinault Collection opens in Venice

The J. Paul Getty Museum acquires 29 photographs by prolific artist Cy Twombly

Over 500 valuable loans from Greece on view at Martin-Gropius-Bau in "Olympia: Myth-Cult-Games"

Christie's announces private sale exhibition featuring about 40 paintings from the 1970s

Re-discover Australia's best observer of landscape at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Circa 1963 celebrates 50th anniversary year of Harvard University's Carpenter Center

"Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture" opens at Venice Biennale

Exhibition of new works by British-Brazilian artist Alexandre da Cunha opens at Thomas Dane Gallery

New and daring works by eight international artists on view at Ballroom Marfa

Royal Institute of British Architects announces Rem Koolhaas to receive 2012 Jencks Award

Poland hopes to identify remains of Auschwitz hero found at the edge of Warsaw's Powazki Military Cemetery

Winterthur announces major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen's exhibit opens to sell out crowd in hometown

Countdown to John Moores: Five prize winners shortlisted for the UK's biggest painting prize

Drawings and portraits by architect Álvaro Siza on view in collateral event at Venice Biennale

Merseyside Maritime Museum displays Olympic fakes

Triple bill of Burgundy, Vega Sicilia and Italian wines in Sotheby's London September Wine Sale

Eisenhower Memorial to include high-tech features

Yale Professor and Students Create Major Project for Architecture Biennale

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Fever mounts as stunning statues found at Alexander The Great-era tomb

2.- Hi-tech underground scans reveal vast complex of monuments at Britain's Stonehenge

3.- National Geographic Museum opens exhibition featuring shark-munching Spinosaurus

4.- First major New York City exhibition to explore Vienna Actionism opens at Hauser & Wirth

5.- Elizabeth I 'airbrushed' for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI

6.- Award winning Swedish director Daniel Fridell to direct Kalliope Films' Vincent Van Gogh biopic

7.- Comprehensive retrospective exhibition of Joan Miró's work opens at the Albertina

8.- Synchrotron radiation technology in art conservation: Science to the rescue of art

9.- Mona Kuhn's first solo exhibition in the US opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

10.- Sotheby's announces details of its sales series for Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site