Richard Hell’s most recent book is Massive Pissed Love: Nonfiction 2001–2014.

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Raucous, Disorderly Downtown

The focus of “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965” is not on a type or trend of art-making, but rather an inclusive range of galleries, fourteen of them, formed by artists for themselves in storefronts, lofts and church basements. Most of the artists were young. Some of them would become famous, most not. The exhibit brilliantly captures the fertile tumult of this period.