Opening on Friday June 22, the gallery will present a group show titled “New York ca. 1975” featuring works made in New York around the mid-70’s, by artists focusing on conceptual ideas and addressing social and political issues.
New York in the mid-70's was marked by a near-bankrupt municipal government, high crime rates and white flight. American society in general was affected by the Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. The political, social and cultural climate of New York city in the early 70's reflected national and international events, but to a more extreme extent. The dominant artistic styles of the 50's and 60's which were often associated with the Postwar prosperity of American society, i.e. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, made place for a wide variety of media caused by the dematerialization and the conceptualization of art. The center for the proliferation of these often new and diverse media was New York City.