Swept Up By Art
Dr. Irving Sandler (1925-2018) was an art critic and historian, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York and contributing editor of Art in America. Dr. Sandler wrote numerous publications including four surveys of art since World War II: The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism (1970); The New York School: Painters and Sculptors of the 1950s(1978); American Art of the 1960s (1988); and Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s (1996). Other books include: A Sweeper-Up After Artists: A Memoir (2003); From Avant-Garde to Pluralism: An On-The-Spot History (2006); and Abstract Expressionism and the American Experience (2009), as well as monographs on Al Held, Deborah Kass, Alex Katz, Philip Pearlstein and Mark di Suvero, among others. He was the former president and current board member of the American section of the International Association of Art Critics, and an honorary director of the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Criticism from the International Association of Art Critics.
"Pioneering critic, on-site art historian, and art community activist of countless causes, Irving Sandler, now in his 90s, is above all the faithful, indefatigable 'griot' of the New York School in all its plural forms and the wisest, most generous elder of his diverse tribe. In this, the second installment of his memoirs, he bears witness to his era as no other writer of his moment and milieu is capable of doing; as if art, even that of the past, was always in the present tense."
—Robert Storr, Dean Yale University School of Art
"Irving Sandler's second memoir should be required reading for every young artist and for anyone interested in contemporary art and its histories."
—Deborah Kass, Artist
Over the past sixty-five years no one in New York has seen more shows, known more artists, or kept better notes of it all than Irving Sandler. His ubiquity complemented by his lucidity makes his writing nonpareil.
—Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Texts: Irving Sandler
Published year: 2015