Exhibition Talk: Jack Flam and Judith Stein

Monday, October 23
101 Spring Street
New York, NY


A conversation with Jack Flam, President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, and Judith Stein, author of the cultural biography, Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art. The two discuss Donald Judd and Yayoi Kusama within the context of the artists shown at Green Gallery between 1960 and 1965. Founded and operated by Richard Bellamy at 15 West 57th Street, the gallery was important for Judd, Kusama, and many of their contemporaries. While Bellamy exhibited work by both artists, Judd’s first introduction to the space was as an art critic, in which he reviewed shows in the space beginning in 1960.

This talk is part of the Fall 2017 public programs in New York and Texas that explore aspects of Donald Judd’s relationship with his contemporaries in New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The talk series coincides with Yayoi Kusama, an exhibition of four paintings by the artist on the ground floor of 101 Spring Street.

Jack Flam is President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Flam is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century art, and on African art, and is most recently co-author of the catalogue raisonné of Robert Motherwell’s paintings and collages and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and is the series editor of The Documents of Twentieth Century Art, published by the University of California Press, as well as an advisory board member of Source: Notes in the History of Art. He has served on the board of directors of the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics and was for several years the art critic of the Wall Street Journal. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including ApolloArt BulletinArtforumArt in AmericaArt JournalArtNewsAmerican HeritageConnaissance des ArtsConnoisseur, and The New York Review of Books.

Judith E. Stein, a writer and curator, is the author of Eye of the Sixties, Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016). For the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts she organized Red Grooms, A RetrospectiveThe Figurative Fifties, New York School Figurative Expressionism, (with Paul Schimmel;) and I Tell My Heart: The Art of Horace Pippin, which traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her current exhibition for Peter Freeman, Inc., Deadeye Dick: Richard Bellamy and His Circle, runs through October 28, 2017.  Dr. Stein’s articles, interviews and reviews have appeared in Art in AmericaArt News, and The New York Times Book Review, as well as on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air and Morning Edition. Among her honors is a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant; a Pew Fellowship for literary non-fiction; and a Lannan Foundation writing residency in Marfa, Texas.

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