Subjects of the Artist School

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A short-lived (1948–9) school at 35 East 8th Street, New York, aimed at promoting avant-garde art, especially Abstract Expressionism (the name was intended to convey the idea that there was meaning in abstract art). The founders were William Baziotes, David Hare, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, and Mark Rothko. They organized lectures that were open to the public, the speakers including Arp, Cage, de Kooning, Glarner, Gottlieb, and Reinhardt. The lectures were well attended, but the school failed financially and closed in spring 1949. Later that year the venue was taken over by three professors from New York University's School of Education, who under the name Studio 35 used it as studio and exhibition space for their students. Studio 35 also continued the tradition of lectures, but it too was short-lived, closing in spring 1950. The most important consequence of the Subjects of the Artist School was that it was the cradle of ‘The Club’, a loose-knit discussion group for artists and writers that was founded in 1949 and met weekly during the 1950s.

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