"The latest exhibition taking place at the New York University Art Gallery on Saadiyat island, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, features more than 200 very early works of over 50 artists offering a unique and rarely explored perspective of the cross-section of creative life in the city during that period."
"Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965 focuses on 14 galleries and their associated spaces, cooperatives and communities that emerged from the warren of old shops, semi-derelict buildings and basements in the area below 14th Street. The show investigates the emergence of the area that would become an antidote to Manhattan’s commercially-focused Uptown art scene and not only that, but the crucible for a brave new way of thinking about art that helped pave the way for the city’s regeneration and its emergence as a global cultural capital."
"Expect to see daring works from some of the 20th century’s most exciting artists, among them Yayoi Kusama, Alex Katz, Dan Flavin and Yoko Ono. Featuring 200 paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs and films, the exhibition will expose the heterogeneity of New York at a time when minimalism and performance art were joining figuration and abstraction to unconditionally change the art world."