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Artists Space. New Art Auction and Exhibition.

Unpaginated (23 pp.) catalogue for the group exhibition held at Artists Space from January 7 through 22, 1977, with an auction on January 22, directed by Helene Winer, coordinated by Patrick O'Connell, and auctioneered by David Reddon, with more than 60 artists participating including John Ahearn, Diane Bertolo, Charles Clough, Diego Cortez, Scott Davis, Julia Heyward, Eliot Lable, Marcel Just, Sherrie Levine, Susan Lewis, Robert Longo, Gerry Morehead, Robert Morgan, John Mendelsohn, Lil Picard, Judy Rifka, David Salle, Cindy Sherman, and many others, each artist's catalogue entry containing their name, the names and brief descriptions of the artworks they contributed, and a single representative black and white photograph, with two copies of the estimated price list and conditions of sale laid in. 4to. Original manila folder wrpps. with metal brads. Small tear to front cover, some light browning and minor soiling. New York (Committee for the Visual Arts, Inc.) n.d. (1977).

According to their website, Artists Space was founded in 1972 in downtown Manhattan to foster "the artistic and cultural life of New York City as a primary venue for artists' work in all forms." It was created by arts administrator Trudie Grace and critic Irving Sandler "as a pilot project for the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), with the goal of assisting and presenting emerging and unaffiliated artists. Artists Space quickly became a leading organization in the downtown alternative arts scene in New York...During its first years, all of Artists Space's exhibitions were organized by artists presenting the work of other artists...Artists Space as been the site of provocative discussion and experimentation within contemporary artistic debate...and Artists Space has introduced countless artists to a wider public." Originally founded at 155 Wooster Street, from 1977 to 1984 Artists Space was located at 105 Hudson Street, the location of the exhibition from this catalogue.

Artists Space describes itself as having "an affinity with emerging ideas and artists", as well as "attentiveness to the social and intellectual concerns which actively inform artistic practice. We strive for exemplary conditions in which to produce, experience, and understand art, to be a locus of critical discourse and education, and to advocate for the capacity of artistic work to significantly define and reflect our understanding of ourselves."

The introduction to this exhibition catalogue identifies this as "the inaugural event at the new location of Artists Space. It is additionally the first Artists Space exhibition to include so large a number of artists...We hope this show will encourage collectors to become involved with the art as it is emerging and to support artists whose work is not ordinarily accessible to the art audience." This catalogue in fact pre-dates the events listed on the Artists Space website - the first event they list occurred in February 1977.

Scarce; as of December 2021, OCLC lists four holdings in North American institutions.

Book ID: 51721

Price: $1,250.00