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'[Women of Abstract Expressionism is a] large-scale, handsomely produced catalogue . . . its lush reproductions and persuasive histories bring these women into the ranks of their male peers'Woman’s Art Journal

A beautiful and scholarly survey accompanies an exhibition at Denver Art Museum and celebrates the often unknown female artists of Abstract Expressionism. 

The authors of the book provide short biographies and samples of work for 42 women, expanding well beyond the work of the 12 artists featured in the exhibition. Artists represented in this lavishly illustrated volume including Mary Abbott, Jay DeFeo, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Judith Godwin, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Deborah Remington, and Ethel Schwabacher.

The illustrations are very good, many of large size, some double-page spreads; there are around 138 in full-colour, supplemented by about 50 black and white illustrations and photographs.

The texts consist of five illuminating essays exploring th
e techniques, concerns, and legacies of women in Abstract Expressionism and an interview with influential art historian/critic Irving Sandler.

Listen to an interview about the book with the editor Joan Marter.

Details
  • Author: Joan Marter, Board of Governors Professor of Art History at Rutgers University
  • Hardcover: 216 pages | 138 colour and 50 black and white images
  • Date published: July 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300208429
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 25.4 x 2.5 cm
Reviews

'It is, like the exhibition that inspired it, a motivational resource for researchers, educators, and enthusiasts of mid-twentieth century American art. It should inspire any reader to look askance at the traditional narratives of this era and encourage art historians to incorporate the women artists chronicled here in their scholarship and teaching' —Lara Kuykendall, Panorama 

'Despite the advantages of access the internet provides, it’s only in a carefully prepared catalogue like Women of Abstract Expressionism that many of us will have the opportunity to view these works in an accurate representation. A book like this helps filter out the clutter of too much information, train the eye, and expand the reader’s appreciation for these works.'—Matthew Snider, PopMatters
'A fine catalog that documents the artists exhibited and adds the names and biographies of many others who aren’t, setting the stage for sequels' —Holland Cotter, New York Times

'[Women of Abstract Expressionism is a] large-scale, handsomely produced catalogue . . . its lush reproductions and persuasive histories bring these women into the ranks of their male peers."—Ann Eden GibsonWoman’s Art Journal

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