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WRESTLING THE IMAGE INTO SHAPE

REBECCA HOWLAND IS A graduate of a hard-to-define moment of energy that brought together an amorphous group of New York artists in the late ’70s and early ’80s. The results of that moment may be called Colab, short for Collaborative Projects, an artist-run agency begun in 1978 as a means of obtaining equipment and materials beyond the reach of the isolated individual, of using the power of numbers to maximize the funding of its 40-odd members (in so far as that funding came from grants), and also of taking the management of such grant support away from arts-organization bureaucrats and putting it as far as possible in the hands of its recipients. Or they may be called ABC No Rio, after the artist-run noncommercial gallery begun in part with Colab funds on the Lower East Side, in 1980, before there was any indication that a large part of the neighborhood would become chic and gentrified by

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