Literary Nonfiction. Art. "Pioneering critic, on-site art historian, and art community activist of countless causes, Irving Sandler, now in his 90s, is above all the faithful, indefatigable 'griot' of the New York School in all its plural forms and the wisest, most generous elder of his diverse tribe. In this, the second installment of his memoirs, he bears witness to his era as no other writer of his moment and milieu is capable of doing; as if art, even that of the past, was always in the present tense."—Robert Storr, Dean, Yale University School of Art
"Irving Sandler's second memoir should be required reading for every young artist and for anyone interested in contemporary art and its histories."—Deborah Kass, Artist
"Over the past sixty-five years no one in New York has seen more shows, known more artists, or kept better notes of it all than Irving Sandler. His ubiquity complemented by his lucidity makes his writing nonpareil."—Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Dr. Irving Sandler is an art critic and historian who is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York and a contributing editor of Art in America. Dr. Sandler is the author of numerous publications including four surveys of art since World War II: The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism (1970); The New York School: Painters and Sculptors of the 1950s (1978); American Art of the 1960s (1988); and Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s (1996). He has also written A Sweeper- Up After Artists: A Memoir (2003); From Avant- Garde to Pluralism: An On-The-Spot History (2006); and Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience (2009), SWEPT UP BY ART(2015), and GOODBYE TO TENTH STREET (2018). On behalf of contemporary artists, he co-founded Artists Space (1972), now the longest running non-profit exhibition space in New York. He was also instrumental in the development of the program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation, which provides studio space in New York to artists (now the Sharpe-Walentas Studios) and continues to serve on its advisory committee. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Criticism from the International Association of Art Critics.
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