Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene

Steven Hager, Author St. Martin's Press $13.95 (133p) ISBN 978-0-312-04976-8
The outrageous energy of the participants and their subsequent notoriety will carry the reader through this uncritical, discursive pop history of what Hager calls the ""Global East Village.'' He begins with CBGB's and its development as the premier club for punk rock and the nihilistic youth culture of its audience. The author then covers various groupings that were to make Manhattan's East Village and neoexpressionism buzzwords of the '80s: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring receive extensive coverage, as well as performance artists like Ann Magnuson and ``personalities'' such as Patti Astor. The book culminates with the explosion of galleries in the East Village and its impact on the New York art marketplace. Hager's treatment is unremarkable but, as always, the East Village provides its own momentum. (July
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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