Lawrence Alloway was a British born art
critic active in the New York art scene from 1960 until his death in 1990. An early champion
of post-war American art, he coined the term "Pop Art." The archive consists of
correspondence with his wife, the artist Sylvia Sleigh, work files, manuscripts and
clippings, personal documents, and many photographs and slides of contemporary
Lawrence Alloway, born in England in 1926 and largely self-educated, became a major 20th
century critic of American art, known for his pluralism and inclusiveness. As a young man he
was associated with the Independent Group in England, a circle of artists, critics and
writers that included Reyner Banham, and that questioned conventional distinctions between
high and low art. As a director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in London from 1954 to
1959, he introduced American Abstract Expressionism to post-war England. In 1961 Alloway
settled in New York and remained there for the rest of his life, teaching at Bennington
College (1961-1962) and SUNY Stony Brook (1968-1981), curating at the Guggenheim
Museum(1962-1966), and always simultaneously working as an art critic, which he considered
his true vocation.
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