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Poster advertising a film program by Joseph Cornell and lectures by John Cage and Dr. Charles R. Hulbeck (aka Richard Huelsenbeck) at Subjects of the Artist, January–February 1949
Winter 1949

In January, Barnett Newman joins the faculty of the Subjects of the Artist. The Friday evening talks continue, with Joseph Cornell, John Cage, and Dr. Charles R. Hulbeck (aka Richard Huelsenbeck). The lectures draw crowds of up to 150 people, contributing to the creation of the downtown art scene. Mark Rothko quits the school after the second semester, and Newman takes over his classes; David Hare also begins to lose interest. The school closes in May.

In February, Motherwell writes the “Preliminary Notice” to Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler’s Rise of Cubism, the ninth volume in the Documents of Modern Art. Paintings, Sculptures, Reflections by Georges Vantongerloo is published as the fifth volume in the Problems of Contemporary Art series.