Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron
‘My Years in the 1980s New York Art Scene’, a scrapbook-like tome packed with her snaps of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and other now notable artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol The Factory, New York, 1985
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New York’s 1980’s art world, then chock a block with Warhol’s (opens in new tab) infamous Factory, along with regular sightings of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cindy Sherman on the prowl, is now somewhat clouded by today’s hipster galleries that dominate Chelsea. Yet that particular chapter in history can be relived in all its glory via the photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron’s (opens in new tab) scrapbook-like tome, My Years in the 1980s New York Art Scene (opens in new tab), which is packed with her snaps, shot in the studios of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and other now notable artists, as well as gallery posters and Village Voice reviews.

'I was fortunate to be in the center of it all,' says Barron who now resides in Kent, Connecticut, where her husband heads up James Barron Art (opens in new tab).  At the tender age of 24, Barron was introduced by the prominent Zurich dealer Bruno Bischofberger to a wide range of artists in the Big Apple. From there, armed with her Hassleblad much like Robert Mapplethorpe, she captured the lower Manhattan art scene. In between hitting gallery openings and countless dinner parties, Barron also modeled for both painter Alex Katz and fashion photographer David Seidner. Both of their works are included in her latest book.

Despite the intimate photo-documentation of Andy Warhol’s tête à têtes with Jean-Michel Basquiat, and captures of David Salle and others in their studios, Barron is far from just a social photographer. Not only have more than 30 of her images been acquired by the Max Mara private museum Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, her work is also included in the permanent collections of Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

‘I was fortunate to be in the center of it all,’ says Barron who now resides in Kent, Connecticut

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Katherine Bigelow
1980

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Willem Dafoe
New York, 1980

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

In between hitting gallery openings and countless dinner parties, Barron also modeled for both painter Alex Katz and fashion photographer David Seidner. Both of their works are included in her book

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Boy George, Bianca Jagger, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Quentin Crisp

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Jeannette Montgomery Barron’s Cannes Festival pass, 1988

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Relive New York’s iconic art scene with photographer Jeanette Montgomery Barron

Boy George and Marylin (Peter Robinson)
The Factory, New York, 1984

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INFORMATION

’My Years in the 1980s New York Art Scene’ is published by Collezione Maramotti  (opens in new tab)and Silvana Editoriale (opens in new tab). Available at Amazon (opens in new tab) and Glenn Horowitz Bookseller (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

Glenn Horowitz Bookseller
17 West 54th Street
New York, NY 

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