Artwork Historical past Information: , THE SLIP: The New York Metropolis Road That Modified American Artwork Perpetually

In mid-twentieth-century New York, on an obscure little avenue on the tip of Manhattan, a bunch of artists modified American artwork ceaselessly.



On this beautiful biography, artwork historian and critic Prudence Peiffer captures a defining second in American artwork: when Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Delphine Seyrig, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman lived and labored collectively in inventive group and remodeled the artwork world.


Within the Fifties and 60s, Coenties Slip—an obscure little avenue on the decrease tip of Manhattan overlooking the East River—was residence to a bunch of extraordinary, then-struggling artists: Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, James Rosenquist, Delphine Seyrig, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman. For simply over a decade, this cobblestone avenue of dilapidated warehouses would function the unlikely web site of eclectic and influential artworks and spark a singular second of group and creativity.


In her riveting new group biography, THE SLIP: The New York City Street That Changed American Art Forever (Harper, $35.00; Hardcover; ISBN 10: 0063097206; on-sale: August 1, 2023), artwork historian and critic Prudence Peiffer pays homage to the essential avenue that impressed this extraordinary group of artists and captures a singular second of time and place that modified the course of American artwork.


As pals and inspirations to at least one one other, these artists created a novel group for unbridled inventive expression and experimentation. It was on the Slip that Ellsworth Kelly honed his distinctive model of hard-edge, minimalism, and Colour Discipline portray; his once-lover Robert Indiana modified his surname from “Clark” to “Indiana”—and thus got here into his personal being as an artist—and developed sculptures from scavenged supplies and work concerning the literary and maritime historical past of the neighborhood; James Rosenquist explored the position of promoting and client tradition in artwork and society; painter Jack Youngerman and actress Delphine Seyrig lived and labored with their toddler child, after following Kelly from Paris to forge their very own creative visions; and Agnes Martin and Lenore Tawney—transplants from New Mexico and Chicago respectively—made singular impressions on the artwork world with summary work (Martin) and fiber arts (Tawney).


In telling the story of those artists, Peiffer additionally captures a singular second of New York Metropolis historical past.  Regardless of Coenties Slip’s obscurity, the complete historical past of Manhattan was inscribed into its cobblestones—one of many first streets and central markets of the brand new colony, constructed by enslaved folks, with revolutionary conferences on the tavern simply down Pearl Road; named by Herman Melville in Moby Dick and web site of the increase and bust of town’s maritime business; and, within the artist’s personal time, a growth battleground for Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. THE SLIP’s historical past is entwined with that of the artists and their artwork—radical and diversified work that was created from the wreckage of town’s many former lives.


THE SLIP is a not solely a extremely formidable historic account of New York within the mid-twentieth century and a biography of seven main artists at a pivotal time, however it exhibits us the profound position of place in creativity: how we’re formed by our surroundings, and the way in flip it shapes our work.


Above all, for the primary time ever, THE SLIP chronicles a breakthrough second in American artwork and presents us an inspiring mannequin for future inventive communities.


Prudence Peiffer is an artwork historian, author, and editor, specializing in trendy and modern artwork. She is Managing Editor of the Artistic Staff at MoMA, New York. She acquired her PhD from Harvard College. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia College, she was a SeniorEditor at Artforum journal from 2012-2017, and Digital Content material Director at David Zwirner in 2018.

Her writing has appeared within the New York Instances, New York Evaluate of Books, Artforum, and Bookforum, amongst different publications.





Robert Indiana was an American artist whose work drew inspiration from indicators, billboards, and business logos. He’s greatest identified for his sequence of LOVE work, which grew to become an iconic emblem of the Pop motion: MoMA’s annual Christmas card and an American postage stamp. He and Ellsworth Kelly have been lovers for a time once they lived on the Slip.


Ellsworth Kelly was an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker related to hard-edge portray, Colour Discipline portray, and minimalism, typically using brilliant colours. He served within the military throughout WWII, and studied artwork in Paris on the G.I. Invoice, but his personal distinctive model got here to fruition throughout his time on the Slip.


Born on a farm in rural Saskatchewan, Canada, Agnes Martin immigrated to america in 1932 within the hopes of changing into a instructor, after which moved to Taos, New Mexico. Whereas nonetheless in NM, her summary work attracted the eye of famend New York gallerist Betty Parsons (gallerist to a lot of the artists on the Slip) who satisfied her to hitch her roster and transfer to New York in 1957, the place she lived on the Slip.


James Rosenquist was an American artist and one of many fundamental proponents of the Pop artwork motion who was profoundly influenced by his work as a business, billboard artist. In his massive items, together with President Elect that includes a picture of John F. Kennedy, and created whereas dwelling on the Slip, he explored the position of promoting and client tradition in artwork and society.


Delphine Seyrig was a Lebanese-born French actress, activist, and movie director. She got here to prominence in Alain Resnais’s 1961 movie “Final 12 months at Marienbad,” and later acted in movies by Francois Truffaut, Luis Buñuel, Marguerite Duras, Fred Zinneman, and Chantal Akerman. She was married to artist Jack Youngerman whom she met in Paris after which moved to NYC with him and their toddler son Duncan to reside and work on the Slip.


Lenore Tawney was an American artist identified for her groundbreaking work in fiber arts (her experimentation with open-warp methods took weaving to a wholly new degree), in addition to for her drawings, collages, and assemblages. She moved to NY from Chicago on the age of fifty, a widow who by no means remarried, and lived in a sequence of lofts, artworks in their very own proper, within the South Road Seaport space the place she interacted with the remainder of the Slip artists.


Artist Jack Youngerman, identified for his massive, exuberant sculptures and work, grew up poor in Kentucky, after which studied artwork on the G.I. Invoice in Paris the place he met American artist Ellsworth Kelly. The 2 of them soaked in all of the artwork, structure, design, and historical past they might earlier than shifting again to the States to forge their very own creative visions. Jack met Delphine Seyrig in Paris, and so they adopted Kelly just a few years after to reside and work on the Slip.