Watkins does the Coliseum

Art : USA : 59 at New York’s Coliseum in 1959 was the largest exhibition of modern art ever held in the city, attracting both crowds and controversy.

New York's Coliseum

Art was kicked (a Louise Nevelson) and arrests were threatened, all in the attempt to “introduce Mr. Citizen to Mr. Fine Arts” as the catalog for the show proclaimed. WR Watkins was the only artist from outside New York invited to give a painting demonstration to the attending audience.

Here’s a Coliseum flyer listing Watkins and an article from the April 5, 1959 New York Times:

“The show, Art: USA: 59, is perhaps the largest, most varied and most representative exhibition yet seen of work being produced by the country’s leading artists.”

Art : USA : '59 in New York Times (April 5, 1959)WR Watkins in Art : USA : 59

Posted Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 under WR Watkins, history.

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