New York Cool presents a survey of Lower Manhattan’s disparate art scene of the 1950s and early 60s. Through 80 paintings, the exhibition proposes a new look at the period, with works from de Kooning and Rauschenberg (among others). While tradition has lumped the time as a “in between” from abstract expressionism and pop art, New York Cool argues that it was, in fact, a period of key innovations in the post-modern era.

On view now at Bowdoin Art Museum, and running until July 19, 2009. The Museum website offers a few examples from the show, as well as a pointed introduction to the works included.

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