An important subplot of A Landmark Exhibition: An Alliance of Artists and Patrons on 57th Street is the Art Students League’s role not only in introducing Impressionism to New York City but also in pioneering the Midtown gallery district.
Nearly 4,000 men and women veterans of the US military have studied or taught at the Art Students League of New York. On June 19, On the Front Lines opens to explore work by those veterans who studied at the league after the Second World War through the present day.
When Ai Weiwei enrolled at the Art Students League from 1983 to 1986, he encountered a multi-generational community of dedicated teachers and students, deeply rooted in the mid-twentieth century avant-garde.
George Bridgman created mural-sized drawings, illustrating his technique of using geometric forms such as boxes, cylinders, and triangular wedges to outline the fundamental shapes and movements of the human body.