BOOK BUNDLE DELUXE / Women of Abstract Expressionism
NINTH STREET WOMEN: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
by Mary Gabriel
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.
A necessary, urgent history of art and a rollicking good read to boot. Here at long last is the full chronicle of Abstract Expressionism, the stories of five remarkable women artists who created the first thoroughly American art movement alongside the men who would be famous first.
WOMEN OF ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM
by by Irving Sandler with Robert Hobbs, Ellen G. Landau, Susan Landauer, Joan Marter, and others
Artists Janice Biala, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Anne Ryan, and many other women played major roles in the development of Abstract Expressionism, which flourished in New York and San Francisco in the 1940s and 1950s and has been recognized as the first fully American modern art movement.
Women of Abstract Expressionism is a long-overdue survey. Lavishly illustrated with full-color plates emphasizing the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of the movement, this book features biographies of more than forty artists, offering insight into their lives and work. Essays by noted scholars explore the techniques, concerns, and legacies of women in Abstract Expressionism, shedding light on their unique experiences.
by Eleanor Nairne
A richly illustrated monograph on the life and work of Lee Krasner, one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring women artists and a pioneer of abstract expressionism.
In 1984, Lee Krasner (1908–1984) became one of the few women artists to have been given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She quipped about her belated recognition: “I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a little too independent.” One of the original pioneers of abstract expressionism, Krasner has for too long been eclipsed by her husband, Jackson Pollock. In fact, his death in 1956 marked her renaissance as an artist.
Coinciding with a recent major exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, Lee Krasner features an outstanding selection of her most important paintings, collages, and works on paper, contextualized by photography from the postwar period, an illustrated chronology, and an unpublished interview with her biographer Gail Levin. A comprehensive survey of the work of one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic artists.
ABSTRACT CLIMATES: HELEN FRANKENTHALER IN PROVINCETOWN
Lise Motherwell and Elizabeth A.T. Smith, Curators
Helen Frankenthaler was eminent among the second generation of postwar American abstract painters and is widely credited for playing a pivotal role in the transition from Abstract Expressionism to Color Field painting. Through her invention of the soak-stain technique, she expanded the possibilities of abstract painting, while at times referencing figuration and landscape in unique ways. She produced a body of work whose impact on contemporary art has been profound and continues to grow.
This fully illustrated catalogue has a foreword by Christine McCarthy; essays by the exhibition’s curators, Lise Motherwell and Elizabeth Smith; art historian Daniel Belasco; and Alicia Longwell, Chief Curator, and Terrie Sultan, Director, Parrish Art Museum. Also included is a chronology of Helen Frankenthaler’s years in Provincetown.
HELEN FRANKENTHALER NOTES
This sublime set of small notecards showcases ten of artist Helen Frankenthaler’s luminous Abstract Expressionist paintings from the 1960s.
20 blank notecards/20 envelopes