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High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967–1975
The catalogue to one of ICI’s most successful exhibitions, High Times Hard Times, New York Painting 1967–1975 tracks the developments of the New York art community through the intense social and political upheaval that took place in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. With contributions by contemporary art luminaries such as Dawoud Bey, David Reed, Anna C. Chave and Marcia Tucker, Siegal examines the impact of feminism and civil rights and burgeoning styles, mediums, and methods on New York City painters of the era and searches for the impetus of the joy, ferocity, and ingenuity indelible to their work.
Published in 2006, High Times Hard Times chronicles a New York spirit that resonates in today’s cultural climate:
“Everybody in that time was thinking about change anyway. We were thinking about changing the social structure, thinking about changing the legal system. We tried to change, through protest and various other things, the way in which our government did business… (it was) fairly evident for me to say ‘well, I’d like to change the format of painting.’”
–Alan Shields, interview with Jill Brienza, 1999
High Times, Hard Times sheds light on the work of painters who have since been “rediscovered,” including Jack Whitten who was featured in the February 2012 issue of Artforum (and whose Pink Psyche Queen (1973) appeared on the cover.) Other artists profiled include Lynda Benglis, Mel Bochner, Roy Colmer, Mary Corse, David Diao, Guy Goodwin, Harmony Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Cesar Paternosto, Howardina Pindell, Dorothea Rockburne, Carolee Schneemann, Alan Shields, Joan Snyder, Franz Erhard Walther and Peter Young.
Recommended by Renaud Proch, Deputy Director, ICI.
Siegal, Katy, High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975, Independent Curators International (ICI), New York and Distributed Art Publishers, 2006. 176 pages. ISBN 1-933045-39-6. $29.95. SOLD OUT.
Foreword and acknowledgement by Judith Olch Richards; essays by Dawoud Bey, Anna C. Chave, Robert Pincus-Witten, David Reed, Katy Siegel and Marcia Tucker.