Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

wash_square_300.jpgFor those of you lucky artists near NYC this Labor Day weekend, take advantage of the 77th annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit along the sidewalks of Greenwich Village. Event promoters say the juried show, held every Labor Day weekend and the weekend following, as well as Memorial Day weekend and the weekend after that, features varying media—traditional and avant-garde—from pastels, oils and watercolors to graphic art, crafts, photography and sculpture. Some artists are up-and-comers, while others are well-known in esteemed galleries and museums.

The exhibit’s creation is noteworthy: According to the event’s website, it began in 1931 with Jackson Pollock and fellow artist Willem DeKooning. Desperate for rent money, they hauled their works to the sidewalk with the hope of attracting buyers. Pretty soon they caught the attention of the New York City art world—Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, founder of the Whitney Museum of Art, and Alfred H. Barr Jr., director of the newly established Museum of Modern Art—and the rest, as they say, is history.

Enjoy your long weekend.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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