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Remembering Irving Sandler

Art historian and critic Irving Sandler passed away in New York City at age ninety-two.

Irving Sandler, art critic and art historian, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at age 92. Sandler taught art history at Purchase from 1972 until his retirement 1997 and was director emeritus at the Neuberger Museum of Art. Over his long and prodigious career, Sandler authored many books and monographs on individual artists in addition to a crucial four-volume survey, The Triumph of American Painting: A History of Abstract Expressionism (1970). His other books include The New York School: The Painters and Sculptors of the Fifties (1978); American Art of the 1960s (1988); Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s (1996); and Swept Up by Art: An Art Critic in the Post-Avant-Garde Era (2009).

These titles, and more, are available to check-out at the Library.

Irving Sandler’s papers, including five decades of notes, transcripts and audiotapes of interviews with artists and art professionals, materials documenting art organizations and associations, and correspondence regarding publications, lectures, and academic appointments, are in the Special Collections of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California.

For more information about Irving Sandler, please see:

Dictionary of Art Historians Profile

New York Times Obituary  

ArtForum Obituary