Artists of the New York School Groundbreaking Jewish Museum Exhibition JASPER JOHNS et al The New York School Second Generation Paintings By Twenty-Three Artists Exhibited from March 10 to April 28, 1957
Published by The Jewish Museum of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York City, 1957. First edition, first printing of this landmark exhibition catalogue. Cover title "Artists of the New York School: Second Generation." Softcover, printed wrappers, textured beige paper with red printing, side staple bound, 9" x 7", 16 pages of text followed by 15 full page b&w plates. VERY GOOD CONDITION: lightly age toned mostly to the margins, title page has an adhered former owners name/address label with some wear around it, otherwise tight bright, clean and unmarked. Scarce, only 22 copies held in OCLC collections worldwide.
In 1957 The Jewish Museum presented a groundbreaking contemporary art exhibition featuring works by 23 emerging artists including Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and George Segal. A seminal show filled with young artists who were headed in a new direction that shaped the movement of contemporary art for years to come. At the time it was the most radical place in New York City to see cutting edge contemporary art. In fact it's were Leo Castelli first laid eyes on Johns's 1955 painting "Green Target." Intrigued, Castelli visited Johns's studio, reacted with messianic fervor and in early 1958, presented the show that launched Johns's fame and changed the course of postwar American art.