At the Whitney’s American Art Award Gala, Remembering a Little Lichtenstein at Florent

Joel Wachs, Dorothy Lichtenstein. Photo credit: Clint Spaulding, Patrick McMullan.

At last night’s gala at Highline Stages, the Whitney Museum gave its 2014 American Art Award, designed this time around by artist Josephine Meckseper, to Roy Lichtenstein’s widow Dorothy Lichtenstein, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Maramotti Family, the latter known not only for the Max Mara line of clothing but for its philanthropic contributions to visual art, particularly Max Mara Art Prize for women artists. Read More

On View

‘Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970–1980′ at the Whitney Museum

Jack Smith, 'Irrational Landlordism of Bagdad (a.k.a. Material Landlordism of Bagdad, a.k.a. The Secret of the Brassiere Factory),' Cologne Art Fair, Germany, October 26–31, 1977. (© Jack Smith Archive, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels)

It has become a common lament. New York is too expensive to support new art. Young artists, priced out, opt for Berlin or Mexico City or Los Angeles. “The resources that keep the city vibrant are being eliminated,” David Byrne wrote recently. He settled in New York in the 1970s, the decade that is the subject of this exhibition, which overflows with work by about two dozen artists who populated derelict industrial spaces in lower Manhattan then and created performances that combined dance, music, theater, visual art, vaudeville and sundry other genres. Read More