Alex Katz and Peter Freeman Inc. are pleased to announce Downtown Painting, a collaborative summer group exhibition (5 June–20 July 2019) echoing the spirit of the downtown art scene in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.
We will show works by over 70 artists, each exhibiting a painting of their choice. The artists invited, as Katz explains, work in non-conformist ways, started free and have maintained their initial desire to be free, echoing an idea conceived in the 1950s and 1960s about 'downtown' and 'uptown' art. Uptown art is uncontroversial, so generally commodified. Opposed to uptown art that represents no problems, downtown art is intuitive, self-indulgent, and not made to fit comfortably into a home or institution.
Image: Chantal Joffe, Ishbel II, 2018