Art and NYC: A Com­plete Guide to New York City Art and Artists

This is a use­ful and fun guide for trav­el­ers and art afi­ciona­dos who want to ex­pe­ri­ence New York’s leg­endary art scene.

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews Adult Fiction / Adult Nonfiction - RACHEL JAGARESKI

Museyon Museyon Soft­cover $21.95 (322pp) 978-1-940842-11-0

While it is doubt­ful that any book could ever en­com­pass the sprawl­ing, hy­dra-headed NYC art world, Art and NYC is a suc­cess­ful in­tro­duc­tion to a wealth of mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary artists and move­ments from the me­trop­o­lis. One could use the book as a start­ing point ev­ery week­end for a year to visit museums, artist’s homes, gal­leries, and other spa­ces, and still not be done with the Sisyphean task of hav­ing seen it all.

The guide is knap­sack-sized and packed with in­for­ma­tion and vis­ual im­ages, yet clev­erly de­signed with gen­er­ous mar­gins and a dy­namic lay­out for ease of use. It is also the­mat­i­cally ar­ranged so that one could or­ga­nize all kinds of self-di­rected art ex­plo­rations: by artist, era, neigh­bor­hood, or artis­tic move­ment, or any com­bi­na­tion in be­tween.

It all starts with suc­cinct his­to­ries of some of the art world’s most iconic im­ages that re­side in New York City, in var­i­ous museums and col­lec­tions, and as public works of art. They range from Pi­casso’s Les De­moi­selles d’avi­gnon to Robert In­di­ana’s out­sized “LOVE” sculp­ture. Chap­ters of­fer lively bi­ogra­phies and sto­ries about in­flu­en­tial New York artists, from pho­tog­ra­pher Cindy Sher­man, the chameleon-like artist who is fa­mously her own muse and model, to the neo-dadaist Robert Rauschen­berg, whose ca­reer rock­eted af­ter art world el­der Willem de Koon­ing agreed to let him com­pletely erase one of his own paint­ings.

This vol­ume is a fan­tas­tic launch pad for bud­ding art his­to­ri­ans and col­lec­tors. Imag­ine a New York art tour that in­cludes morn­ing gallery­hop­ping in Chelsea, grab­bing lunch at Minetta’s Tav­ern, the fa­vorite Beat hang­out in Green­wich Vil­lage, and then spend­ing a leisurely af­ter­noon at the Brook­lyn Mu­seum view­ing works like Judy Chicago’s fem­i­nist mas­ter­piece The Din­ner Party.

Prose is ac­ces­si­ble, vi­brant, and bliss­fully free of es­o­teric gallery-speak. Maps and pho­to­graphs and re­pro­duc­tions of art­work are of high qual­ity, even at thumb­nail size.

Art and NYC is a use­ful and fun guide for trav­el­ers and art afi­ciona­dos who want to ex­pe­ri­ence New York’s leg­endary art scene, mak­ing it easy to tai­lor a cul­ture-filled day, week, or year in the ex­cit­ing city.

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