American Painting: The Eighties, an exhibition curated by Barbara Rose.
In the 1970s American art historian and critic Barbara Rose assembled an exhibition of forty painters whom she thought would be well recognized in the decade to come. She titled her exhibition, American Painting: The Eighties: a critical interpretation, and she called attention to their paintings as evidence for a forthcoming revival of the art that had for some time before been overshadowed by sculpture and conceptual art. Barbara Rose published an essay in the catalog and each work was illustrated with artist’s statements. For the most part these were works by younger artists active in New York City and the East coast universities with whom Ms. Rose was familiar. The exhibition debuted at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York City, September through October 1979. Subsequently, it toured to the following cities: Houston, Nantes and Paris, France; Helsinki; Aachen, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Budapest, Warsaw, Bari, Genoa, Barcelona, Lisbon and Madrid. The tour was sponsored by the United States Information Agency. Upon returning to the United States in 1982, a few works were removed, but the bulk of the collection was sold to Ronnie and Johnnie Shore. Already active art collectors, the Shores were ready to share the commitment these artists displayed to what Ms. Rose called, “post-Cubist modernism, strong legible images and the permanence of the Western tradition of painting.”