Crony Books Announces Ebook Version of Greg Masters' Chronicle of 1980s Manhattan Art World, 'For the Artists: Critical Writing, Volume 1'

A new ebook chronicling the art world of Manhattan in the 1980s both uptown and downtown.

Rudy Burckhardt

Crony Books is pleased to announce the publication of an ebook version of For the Artists: Critical Writing, Volume 1, by Greg Masters, with photos by Barry Kornbluh.

This collection of art reviews, critical essays and interviews with artists chronicles an exhilarating time in the art world of 1980s Manhattan when a burgeoning gallery scene in the East Village evolved to rival the more established gallery outposts on 57th Street.

Greg Masters brings a streetwise beat reporter's savvy to his assignments. His interviewer's questions are always to the point, intelligently formulated, and tactfully posed. When he comes to process his experiences with artists, it is his poet's eye and ear that come into play. These words Masters wrote about Larry Rivers apply equally well to Masters' own approach: "He dismembers the expected and embellishes the familiar."

Vincent Katz, poet, author and critic

And, Greg Masters, writing for a number of publications, covered it all — the well-known names as well as the lesser-recognized and younger painters, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers and creative folks working in various media — many of whom would gain lasting influence and market significance.

Complementing the text are 10 artist portraits by acclaimed photographer Barry Kornbluh, and reproductions of artists' work, including two never-before-published drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The e-book is available right now for $2.99 on BookBaby. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and other e-book platforms (for delivery July 10).

Review copies, images and more information are available from

Interviews with: Rudy Burckhardt, Philip Hartman & Doris Kornish, Jean Holabird, Sam Messer, Elizabeth Murray, Larry Rivers, Sandy Skoglund.

Reviews of gallery and museum shows by: Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, Suzanne Anker, Chet Augustine, Milton Avery, Adam Bartos, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Peter Bellamy, Joseph Beuys, Ronald Bladen, Chris Bobin, Suzanne Bocanegra, Rudy Burckhardt, Rene Burri, Marc Chagall, Stuart Davis, Werner Drewes, John Duch, Don Freemann, Omar Galliani, Michael Goldberg, Stephen Greene, Robert Hameline, Louise Hamlin, Eric Holzman, Yvonne Jacquette, Joel Janowitz, Bill Jensen, Barrie Karp, Minoru Kawabata, Peggy Katz, John Kennard, Deborah Maverick Kelley, Basil King, Kitty Klaidman, William Klein, Barry Kornbluh, Pamela Lawton, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Helen Levitt, Wyndham Lewis, Sally Mann, Shelley Marlowe, Randy Matusow, Rosemary Mayer, Karl A. Meyer, Joseph Koudelka, Eugene Richards, Gladys Nilsson, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Orsini, Park Avenue Cubists, Ljubomir Rastovski, Scott Richter, George Schneeman, Emil Schumacher, Johan Scott, Andres Serrano, Barbara Siegel, Sandy Skoglund, Jim St. Clair, Michelle Spark, Surrealism, Alphonse Van Woerkom, Edouard Vuillard, Sasha Waters, Todd Weinstein, David Wilson, Trevor Winkfield,
 Francesca Woodman, William Zorach, Michael Zwack.

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