The Ninth Street Show

Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Essay by Robert Pincus-Witten


A commemoration of The Ninth Street Show of 1951, the seminal event of Abstract Expressionism and Leo Castelli's fledgling American curatorial effort, pre-dating the opening of his first gallery.

The book presents twenty-four portraits, taken in the 1980s by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, of the artists who participated in the exhibition as well as a portrait of Castelli displayed as the frontispiece. The text by Robert Pincus-Witten addresses the background of the event and the role played by Castelli. The essay is complemented by period reviews by Thomas B. Hess and Belle Krasne.


Composed in Linotype Bodoni Book with Bodoni for display and printed on Mohawk Letterpress Text. Twenty-five duotones printed on Mohawk Superfine. Quarter bound in cloth and Canson "steel grey" paper over boards. Seventy-two pages, 5 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches. Edition 150. Issued in celebration of Leo Castelli's eightieth birthday and the thirtieth anniversary of the gallery. June 1987. Signed by Castelli, Greenfield-Sanders, Pincus-Witten and Torosian.


American Institute of Graphic Arts, Certificate of Excellence, Limited Edition Book Design.


Out of print.