Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, history in the making.



The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is a very amazing art walk that began in 1931 during the Great Depression. Jackson Pollock, (The creator of this exhibit) needed money to pay his rent at his Greenwich Villiage studio which, was also his home. So he did what any artist would and took some of his best and most iconic paintings and set them up on the sidewalk close to Washington Square Park. One thing led to another and his artist friends were joining in. 

Now it is not known how many works of art that were displayed that day, would later soar in price. However, their works were noted by some art luminaries like Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney who founded the Whitney Museum of Art and Alfred H. Barr, Jr, the director of the Museum of Modern Art.

This started out so small but now it has evolved into a worldwide artist showcasing and is attended by art enthusiasts all over the globe. 

For the last 80 years, this show has withheld a high standard for the art that is displayed. Every artist who wants to showcase their art has to be selected by a jury of fellow artist and art critics. Making sure that the art is great and most importantly, original, one of a kind, and handmade. 

There are cash prizes, donations, that are awarded in various categories based on the selection by the artists and judges.

This is a show to plan a trip for! You'll be in complete awe of all the beautiful and exquisite pieces you'll see. The Showings are below:

2018 Fall Show: Labor Day Weekend Sept. 1, 2, 3, and Sept. 8 and 92019 Spring Show: Memorial Day Weekend May 25, 26, 27 and June 1 and 2 For more information click HERE.


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1 comment

  • Jackson Pollock didn’t initiate the show. He was a 19-year-old student at the Art Students League at the time, and had made hardly any paintings at all, much less his “best and most iconic” ones.

    Helen Harrison

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