Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine De Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, And Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters And The Movement
ISBN: 0316226173
EAN13: 9780316226172
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 24, 2019
Pages: 944
Dimensions: 2" H x 9" L x 7" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this gratifying, generous, and lush true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times)

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.

Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax.
Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a Read More chevron_right

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5
   Excellent care in packaging.
Excellent care has been given in packaging the book, which I appreciate as a collector of art books.
 
5
   What an amazing group of artists.
This takes the reader from the 30's to the 50's60's. Each one of the personal works and processes of the women artists over the years is revealed and their personal lives are also covered in so far as their artwork has been affected. In addition to their associations with other artists, including the other women artists that are the subject of the book, and art world players, writers, gallerists is intertwined with their histories. At times, I felt like I could see into their worlds, even as they were ever changing from literally starving artists to successful and acclaimed in their fields. There is so much lifehistory in the book and even at that I was made curious to see more and spent time on further research to know reproductions of the many paintings mentioned as well as others. It also led me to find out more about their colleagues'work, such as Frank O 'Hara, for example. It is written and absorbing very well.
 
5
   Great history of overlooked artists
From an art history background, I really enjoyed this book about the artists associated with the American Abstract Expressionist New York School. I am not a fan of the abstract - art, but this story is fascinating. The five artists'profiles were modern and exemplary examples of some of the best uncompromising artists. This book explores their associations and influences on the First Generation and the Second Generation. It fills in a lot of history that often gets lost under renderings that focus on male artists and provides a much needed course correction that there were more artists working and making advances in the field. I found it very readable and intriguing, it made me interested in learning more about these often overlooked artists!
 
2
   Damaged :/
This review is not by the way about the book itself. I received the book today and the box was completely fine, but the book is damaged.
 
5
   Total page-turner
It is written with an incredible amount of empathy and understanding even for the cads. I see this time in a new way now.
 
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   The group biography does not analyze paintings nor key them to the illustrations.
The illustrations are not keyed to the text, as there are no internal citations. There is a wealth of social historical detail about the life of the village, especially Hoffman's 9th Street School. A better model is Bram Dijsktra's lavishly illustrated artists on the left or Andrew Hemingway's similarly impressive American expressionism.
 
5
   Abstract Expressionism inside out
I have always had a difficult time understanding abstract expressionism. This is the first book I found that provided insight into the makers, their driving ambition, their art practice and their lifestyle. I may still not appreciate all the artworks, but I do have an appreciation for the struggles and sacrifices and struggles of the artists. While the focus is on women, the story is much more comprehensive of the time, places and personalities surrounding the whole movement.
 
5
   A fabulous book.
This book covers all women who get very little credit for their contribution to the abstract expressionism movement. I can not stop recommending this book. It loved her.
 
5
   Best book about art availablw
I don 't read books about art -- I look at art. The exception is Ninth Street Women. I couldn t put it down. Three friends said the same thing, it is the best book ever written about art.
 
5
   Engagingly well written
It was very long, but worth the wait. Interesting & easy to set & pick up later. American artists are documented in the ever-changing word of real art.
 
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