Wednesday April 20, 6PM.
Mpagan@salmagundi.org or 212.255.7740. This annual event to benefit the SCNY Library is open to the public. $60.00 per person.
Featuring a talk and book signing by Ann Fensterstock
Author of the critically acclaimed Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond published by Palgrave Macmillan.
This is a fascinating tour of the last five decades of contemporary art in New York City, showing 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 over 150 gallery directors, as well as the artists themselves, art historian and cultural commentator Ann Fensterstock* explores the genesis, expansion, maturation and ultimate restless migration of the New York art world from one initially undiscovered neighborhood to the next.
“Neighborhood loyalties, artists' sense of community, political and legal considerations, gentrification, and the broader social, civic and economic milieu all play a part.” Kirkus Reviews
“Significant art history in the making. Tracking the energy of New York's contemporary art world that may flag but never vanishes, the book provides an impressive windshield tour through more than half a century of the artists, dealers, entrepreneurs and real estate challenges of the contemporary art world.” Alexandra Anderson Spivy, writer, critic and former editor in chief of Art & Antiques
Ann 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 Masters in Art History from New York University where she specialized in the Modern and Contemporary periods. She lives in New York City.
In honor of Ms. Fensterstock's book, there will be a Bushwick salad bar and a buffet consisting of Williamsburg Primavera, Chelsea Chicken, and Bowery Salmon. Cash bar begins at 6PM, Dinner at 7PM, and Lecture at 8:15PM.
For more information about Ann Fensterstock, visit her website at annfensterstock.com.