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168 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
In the 1920s and 30s, New York’s Fourteenth Street in Lower Manhattan became a hub of commercial activity, with cinemas, restaurants, and stores catering to a middle and working-class clientele. A group of artists, motivated by the legacy of the Ashcan School’s embrace of populist urban life, established studios in the area and began to create works inspired by the throng that would daily inundate Fourteenth Street.
Among these artists was Edward Laning who, like other artists of the Fourteenth Street School, depicted the lively spectacles of the ‘poor man’s Fifth Avenue’ in his work. Laning, however, did not shy away from difficult subjects as did many of his contemporaries – rather, his paintings explored the less-than-ideal circumstances of daily life for many area denizens.
In addition to Laning, the exhibition will include works by Isabel Bishop, Jack Henderson, Reginald Marsh, Kenneth Hays Miller, Molly Luce, and others. Edward Laning and the Fourteenth Street School is an exhibition in collaboration with Susan Teller Gallery of New York. A discussion with Teller regarding the Fourteenth Street School will be held at a later date, to be announced.