Art Gangs: Protest and Counterculture in New York City, 1969-1985

by Alan W. Moore

from Autonomedia, New York, 2011

and from AK Press .

Art Gangs is a survey of several recent well known artists’ organizations in New York City which rose to prominence between 1969 and 1985, a period of political challenge and institutional change within the art world. In 1969 New York City artists formed the Art Workers Coalition to pressure the Museum of Modern Art for artists' rights and to take a stand against the Vietnam War. Over the next fifteen years, successor organizations continued political action on issues from cultural equity to U.S. foreign policy, and refined the modes of cultural activism. These groups developed new art exhibition spaces, new styles of exhibition, and collective ways of working. Today's diverse and politically conscious contemporary art world is deeply indebted to their example.

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Alan W. Moore is in Spain this summer. He will visit New York in September of 2011.
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p51.jpgimage by Ursula Meyer, ca. 1969