PRINT January 1972

Los Angeles: The Market Street Program

THE MARKET STREET PROGRAM in Venice is well-intentioned, reasonable, and a seemingly practical way to reform/revitalize the public presentation of serious new art. With a basic proposal by Joshua Young, a twenty-three-year-old U.C. Irvine painting graduate, support from Robert Irwin (whose emptied, pristine studio is the initial exhibition space), Walter Hopps, and some outside technical/legal assistance, it opened a first group show of Terry O’Shea, Doug Edge, and Joe Ray.

Market Street’s premise is this: only artists should make curatorial judgments on other artists, and the only reliable mechanism (thus far) for them is an impartial, two-dimensional matrix charting artists’ estimates of their mutual similarities. So, Young solicited a first-round set of answers from 119 artists to the two questions, 1) “who are other artists working in the area?,” and 2) “which artists would . . . (you)

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