Rick Librizzi has been a fixture in the New York art world since arriving in 1956 to attend the Art Students League and Cooper Union. Early on he became friends with leading members of the New York School including Robert Motherwell and Norman Bluhm as well as Pop Artists Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. An artist, poet, art dealer and curator, Librizzi has always created and promoted the most cutting edge art of the time. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States, including the landmark exhibition, Artists Under 33, 1966 at the Chrysler Museum and most recently at ACA Galleries in Textures: The Written Word in Contemporary Art.
We were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon walking with Rick down 8th Street from 6th Avenue to Tompkins Square Park. It was an incredible and visceral experience to have him recount the history of 8th Street detailing the intricacies of the art figures and movements of the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s, as well as the cultural history of the neighborhoods – as we walked! It isn’t very often you get a chance to hear and see the cultural history of a specific place and time by someone that lived and breathed those moments. It was a true trip down memory lane – and an education in some of the most important figures in New York’s art history. Enjoy the brief clip into Rick’s vast knowledge and experience, and come see it first hand at his show opening – Friday 7-9PM at the aNYthing Store – 103 Allen Street!
Directed by: Zach Sky
Produced by: aNYthing
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