New This Month in Film, Visual Culture, and Performing Arts - June 2024

New This Month in Film, Visual Culture, and Performing Arts - June 2024

By Michelle Alamillo Date: June 04, 2024 Tags: New This Month, New Books, Art, Excelsior Editions, New York, American Culture, American History

New this month from our Excelsior Editions imprint and art list is The Historic Woodstock Art Colony: The Arthur A. Anderson Collection, by Karen E. Quinn. Long before the famous music festival in 1969, Woodstock, New York was home to what is considered America's first intentionally created, year-round arts colony—founded in 1902 and still thriving over 100 years later. The Historic Woodstock Art Colony explores the remarkable range of artists who have worked in Woodstock, New York for over a century.

On the second page of The Historic Woodstock Art Colony is a 1926 map of Woodstock, diagramming the locations of dozens of artist’s studios. The small town at the edge of the Catskill Mountains boasted artistic giants like George Bellows, Peggy Bacon, Birge Harrison, Doris Lee, George Ault and many others. This book illuminates their lives and works in essays by curator Karen E. Quinn and a host of Woodstock scholars. Even those aware of Woodstock’s artistic riches will discover new insights as the breadth of art from this small town proves to be limitless." — Ron Netsky, Professor of Art, Nazareth University and Co-Curator, Leaving for the Country: George Bellows at Woodstock

"A book as thoughtful and thematically wide-ranging as the collection it honors. Arthur Anderson's appreciation that the Woodstock Art Colony defies a single art historical "ism" pushed him to invest in an astonishing assortment of subjects and styles, a breadth paralleled in the book’s essays—from family reminiscences and celebrations of friendship to incisive visual inquiry and biography. A beautifully illustrated tribute to Anderson’s landmark gift to the New York State Museum, sure to please both veteran Woodstockers and the newly curious." — Derin Tanyol, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Hyde Collection

Happy reading and come back and see what's new next month!