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Editor's Note


The early 1940s witnessed the rise of a school of modern art that elevated New York City over Paris as the center of the avant-garde art world. The most famous painter of this so-called New York School was Jackson Pollock, whose drip paintings were immortalized in 1949 by a spread in Life, the most popular magazine of the era. The main sculptor of the New York School was David Smith, whose monumental works often looked like or were made from industrial waste. In August of 1974, Newport hosted Monumenta, a bold showing of outdoor sculpture by artists of and inspired by the New York School. As it took over the waterfront tourist district, the manicured lawns of mansions, and the picturesque cliffs of Ocean Drive, Monumenta provoked strong reactions, both pro and con.