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View of “Rosemarie Castoro,” 2015.

Rosemarie Castoro

BROADWAY 1602 | Uptown

View of “Rosemarie Castoro,” 2015.

On the busy shopping thoroughfare of SoHo’s Spring Street, just beyond tourists queuing for Cronuts, you ring a doorbell and ascend in an old hand-cranked elevator to the sixth floor. The doors open directly into the loft where the artist Rosemarie Castoro lived and worked for over fifty years, and therefore, directly into the exhibit—an extraordinary, swift passage from one cultural iteration of a city’s neighborhood to another.

It was a fitting entrée to an artist who staged pieces in the streets of Manhattan, and whose studio was a backdrop for performances and architectural interventions. One of the few women associated with Minimalism, Castoro was a painter, sculptor, dancer, installation artist, and Conceptual poet. The breadth of her production is astonishing, its singularity even more so. Broadway 1602 organized “Loft Show” as part of its Outdoors projects—a smart

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