The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981

The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981

The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981

The Pluralist Era: American Art, 1968-1981

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I hope some of the excitement of living and working as a professional art critic during the 1970s has found its way into The Pluralist Era: American Art 1968-1981. In this book, I have tried to describe some of the main movements and most important artists both in terms of the media and of everyday art life of the era. I have omitted many artists from the 1960s who continued to develop their ideas through the next decade partly because of reasons of space, but also in order to be able to pinpoint what made the seventies such a unique moment in and of itself.

I would like to thank first and foremost Dr. Joan Marter, who read this manuscript chapter by chapter and whose suggestions helped clarify many of the main points of the book. I'm grateful also to Tim Druckery of the School of Visual Arts for his initial suggestions and for reading the finished photography portion of the work. In terms of research, I want to thank J. N. Herlin for providing valuable material, which I always asked for "at the very last minute," along with Steve Jacobson, Carlo La Magna, Elaine Reichek, and Erika and Bill Shank of Shank Design. The cooperation of Paula Cooper of the Paula Cooper Gallery and of the Leo Castelli, Max Hutchinson, David McKee, Holly Solomon, Pace, and Robert Miller galleries was also invaluable. I would also like to mention here my two research assistants, Teresa Salazar and Beatriz Hernandez, and my students at both Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts, on whom I tried out many of the ideas in the book. And lastly, I want to thank, as a group, my book's heroes and heroines, the artists who have contributed their works to my pages.

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