North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region

Artists who live in orbit of New York City are drawn, whether they acknowledge it or not, by the energy of the New York School of painting.  Formed by the abstract expressionist generation of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, The New York School broke ground in direct painting.  That generation of painters made the brushwork the true subject of a painting which was in direct opposition from the historic need to have mark-making be at the service of an idea.

It was a seismic shift that created the tremors the art culture still rocks from today. Up until now, much has been made of the Hudson River School but not many shows have focused on the New York School and their connection to the Woodstock area. In the exhibit, North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region, Curator Mark Kanter is finally tracing the art network  of  New York School artists who also found repose in the Catskills.  Like all remarkable shows, this exhibit must be revisited again and again until it closes on June 13 to fully absorb all the levels that this art presents.  It has given me the idea to present an exhibit of present day area abstract artists and “consider their origins” in the New York School.

To see some excellent reproductions of the show, click here

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One response to “North of New York: The New York School Generation in the Hudson Valley Region”

  1. Ric Dragon says:

    Excellent post, Jen. And what a beautiful show.

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