Back to the Garden: The Woodstock Artists' Colony

John Paul Murphy
2017 unpublished
Back to the Garden: The Woodstock Artists' Colony John P. Murphy Woodstock-the word is shorthand for the spirit of the 1960s counterculture. Yet the assumption that the 1960s dawned a "New Age" neglects contributions made by earlier generations of Woodstock artists in advancing a utopian vision of emancipated art, life, and labor. From 1902 onwards, Woodstock-a small Dutch hamlet in upstate New York-attracted an astonishing array of painters, designers, photographers, sculptors, and
more » ... including painters George Bellows and Philip Guston, direct carving sculptors John B. Flannagan and Raoul Hague, and photographers Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Two artists' colonies-Byrdcliffe (1902-28) and The Maverick (1904-44)-instituted the community's countercultural values of handicraft, cooperative labor, and simple living at a remove from urban-industrial modernity.
doi:10.21985/n2hx3m fatcat:mulnlcv5ifeandfkzu4j63yufu