Soho by Richard Kostelanetz
The Rise and Fall of an Artist's Colony

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Soho: The Rise and Fall documents how a little-known industrial neighborhood in New York became, through one of the accidents of history, a nexus of creative activity for a brief but intensive period. Such an ideal situation--entirely unplanned--could not last forever; the author shows how market forces squeezed out this art utopia, to be replaced by a shadow of its former self.

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Richard Kostelanetz is a critic and literary artist. He moved to SoHo just as it was being developed by the underground arts community, and his home-apply named WordShip-has become one of the most famous loft/work space environments of the city. He is the author of over 40 original books as well as 40 edited volumes. He lives in New York City.
Published May 9, 2003 by Routledge. 256 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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He goes on to outline the melange of conditions that serendipitously engendered and then fostered this community of artists beginning in the early 1960s, when it was still an industrial slum “clogged with trucks and truckers.” The author recounts his own parallel history from uptown academic to d...

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The transformation of a few Manhattan blocks South of Houston into an epicenter of contemporary art during the '60s and '70s is the subject of artist, critic and anthologist Kostelanetz's brisk memoir, rich in vivid street-level detail and evoking a time that now looks like something of a golden ...

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