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Jack Youngerman

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2018-06-05
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Jack Youngerman (b.1926) belongs to the first generation of artists who set up studios in New York City’s abandoned industrial spaces during the 1950s and 1960s. Coenties Slip, the old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan, provided artists with cheap, spacious lofts, as well as distance (ideological and physical) from the preceding generation of Abstract Expressionists encamped uptown. This group included painters, sculptors, designers, poets, filmmakers, and performers; among them: Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and James Rosenquist with Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns occupying studios nearby. Not an art movement per se, the neighborhood provided a setting where the free exchange of ideas flourished. Each forged their own intellectual path, loosely connected by a shared conversation and a common landscape suspended between the city and the sea. Nevertheless, this group of artists, with Youngerman among them, formed a bridge between the gestural painting of the 1940s, and the Minimalism and Pop Art of the 1960s.