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The Art Students League of New York : a history Unknown Binding – 1999

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: CSS Publications (1999)
  • ASIN: B007EPXNLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Simoncini on March 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
In addition to sharing with us the historical and academic aspects of this valuable institution, Mr. Steiner has given us a rare glimpse into the life of many of the artists who worked and studied there. We have the opportunity to appreciate them as people who participated in life, enjoyed friendships, attended social functions and parties. They have been fleshed out into real people creating art as an extension of their lives, rather than just names on paintings. I find Mr. Steiner's book a refreshing change from stodgy "catalog" type works that bore us with facts and forget that artists are human beings and enjoy the lives of real people while creating works of art. This book has enhanced my enjoyment of many of the works produced by artists who studied at the League and I believe everyone reading this history will come away enriched and smiling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Careful Buyer on March 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
Valuable insights into the founding, evolution, and character of one of America's most influential art schools are provided by this book.
The author goes "behind the scenes" to provide us with a human view of the instructors and students and their relationship to the League. It discusses the League's disputatious beginnings and its energetic evolution into what is arguably New York's most important art school.
The author has used his art-world connections to glean rare anecdotes about the League, offering the reader glimpses of this institution which are unlikely to be found elsewhere.
This book will be valuable to anyone who wishes to understand the history of art and artists in New York.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Fogel Morris on July 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
History of the Art Students League

While reading the history of the Art Students League, by Raymond J. Steiner, I was able to trace the roots of the tradition of painting that I now pursue. This was as validating an experience as tracing your genealogical roots to understand your connections to the past.

While living in New York City I attended the Art Students League , studying with excellent teachers like Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sher. It was my belief that our subsequent move out of the city would deny me the masterful guidance the League provided. I was wrong.

My move out of the city shifted my focus to landscape painting. Friends told me that there was an excellent landscape instructor at The Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey.

That instructor is John P. Osborne, who studied under Arthur Maynard, who studied under Frank Vincent Dumond at the Art Students League. Now living more than 60 miles away from the city, I still have access to a tradition that began in Europe and has been handed down through generations of artists.

Reading the book brought to life the challenges endured and the devotion embraced by a small band of artists to pursue their craft. Generations that follow, settling away from the HUB, still benefit from the core group that founded the league. I, for one am grateful for the League and for Raymond J. Steiner who so beautifully created this historical journey providing an understanding of the threads in tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "which63" on March 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ray Steiner's book on the League brought back wonderful memories of the very quality time I spent studying there as a young art sudent. Harry Sternberg, Michael Ponce DeLeon, Will Barnet, Yasuo Kunyoshi, many others, were all there in real life, creating the ambiance of continuing art history. Mr. Steiner's book is an informative contribution to the cultural story of our times. Monya Brown, artist, director/producer:ARTLAND(Public Access TV,CH 15,96 Westchester County)
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