The Easel

The Joy of Eighties Art

Minimalism ruled the New York art scene for a decade but by about 1980 it was time for change. A variety of sensuous, cheeky figurative artists came to the fore, along with the first influx of big money.  A further decade along, AIDS had sapped the energy of this moment. The 80’s style of engaging the viewer with “stroke by stroke intimacy and nuanced elegance” yielded to Jeff Koons cool sculptural installations.

Image: Whitney