Academic journal article Chicago Review

Waldorf Panels on Sculpture: A Gallery

Academic journal article Chicago Review

Waldorf Panels on Sculpture: A Gallery

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In the spring of 1965, dozens of New York artists met for an invitation-only conference called the Waldorf Panels on Sculpture. The artist Philip Pavia, organizer of the event, explained the event's name and the format in an interview: "The name, Waldorf Panels, [was] chosen as homage to a method used by the old Eighth-Street-Club's pre-club. This pre-club met informally and regularly at the old Waldorf cafeteria on Sixth Avenue in the early to mid- 1940s. Its method- the conversation panel- was a fuse through which working ideas and soul-searchings were exchanged in practical ways. A desire for the artist's mandate and a deep respect for the artist's intuition were the foundations of this method." Pavia founded and edited the art magazine IT IS as an extension of the Eighth Street Club's activities. The proceedings of the 1965 Panels on Sculpture were published in the magazine's sixth issue.

In the original publication, the Waldorf Panels transcript was accompanied by a striking gallery of images documenting sculpture from the era and portraits of sculptors involved in Pavia's scene. Photographer John McMahon (1940-1974), who took most of the photographs that appeared in IT IS 6, spent time with dozens of artists in and around their studios, and his attentiveness to the artists, their work, and their process lends a sense of intimacy to the magazine feature. …

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