New York

Grace Hartigan

Gruenebaum Gallery

Neo-Expressionism, the style widely touted as the zeitgeist only a few seasons ago, has lost much of its cachet of late, and the word around town is that it has peaked. For many people, particularly the young art professionals who grew up with neo-Expressionism, a very important moment is at hand. They are about to witness for themselves a popular style’s passage from wild fad to the merely familiar. Since the 1880s new “isms” have risen and declined like clockwork, but each time this happens it’s still a bit of a shock for all concerned. After all, no one expects the party to end. So what’s an artist to do?What usually happens is that some artists reject the now-passe look outright and go on to the next trend , while others continue working in the style that initially brought them varying degrees of attention in the art world. Grace Hartigan, long considered a leading second-generation

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