New York

“Nine Artists/Coenties Slip,” “Frank O’Hara: Poet Among the Painters”

The Whitney Museum

Since about 1967, the Whitney Museum has developed a rather good Independent Study Program for graduates and undergraduates in art and art history. This year two groups of the art history students have each organized an exhibition, one at the Museum proper, the other at its Downtown Branch at 55 Water Street, near South Ferry. 

The downtown exhibition is “Nine Artists/Coenties Slip,” consisting of work by artists who lived in lofts on the two-block slip between 1954 and 1967. The names are more familiar than not: Charles Hinman, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Fred Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Lenore Tawney, Ann Wilson, and Jack Youngerman. This is a fairly arbitrary premise for a group show, but probably as good as several. Kelly, Youngerman, and Rosenquist dominate the show. The small, rough oils by Youngerman and two really fine Rosenquists, all from the late ’50s and early

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