$25; no charge for Four Arts members
Book signing to follow.
“Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond,” the recent book by Ann Fensterstock, is a fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City. Ms. Fensterstock shows how artists, galleries and not-for-profits arts programs are catalysts of change and how neighborhoods in turn shape the art they create and exhibit.
Stories of New York City’s fabled art scene conjure up artists’ lofts in SoHo, studios in Brooklyn, and block after block of galleries in Chelsea. But today, few artist can afford a SoHo loft, Brooklyn has long gentrified, and even the galleries of Chelsea are beginning to move on. “Art on the Block” takes the reader on a journey through the neighborhoods that shape, and are shaped by, New York’s ever-evolving art world. Based on interviews with more than 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, Ms. Fensterstock explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next.
Ms. Fensterstock has been an active participant in New York’s contemporary art world for over 25 years. She is a respected collector and serves on boards and committees at several important museums and nonprofits in New York City and Washington. Over the last 15 years she has lectured on contemporary art in and around the art neighborhoods of New York City and speaks regularly on art history topics. She holds social science degrees from British universities and a master’s in art history from New York University where she specialized in the modern and contemporary periods. She lives in New York City.
Lacy Davisson Doyle, founder of Artview NYC (artviewnyc.com), provides an in-depth and exciting overview of today’s art world. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College with a Master of Arts from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, Ms. Doyle has more than 20 years of experience in the art world in New York, Paris and Milan.