PWP Book Club - Announcement of Book for October (and November)!
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Ninth Street Women
Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler:
by Mary Gabriel
A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of the Year
A New York Times Best Art Book of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Best Book of Year
A WBUR (NPR) Best Book of the Year
This book has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 stars
by 298 reviewers on Amazon!
The author wrote another book
which was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.
Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, 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.
These five women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. Ninth Street Women, is the remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.
"A gorgeous and unsettling narrative...Ninth Street Women is supremely gratifying, generous, and lush but also tough and precise -- in other words, as complicated and capacious as the lives it depicts...It's as if once Gabriel got started, the canvas before her opened up new vistas. We should be grateful she yielded to its possibilities."―Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
"Gabriel's fascinating group portrait shimmers with vivid personal detail...She traces their interwoven paths from studio to Cedar Bar to the Eight Street loft known as the Club...Over time, Willem de Kooning outshone Elaine; Jackson Pollock eclipsed Krasner. Key contributions were erased...Gabriel makes sure these major artists who have been written out of history are not forgotten."
―Jane Ciabattari, BBC.com
About the Author
Mary Gabriel is the author of Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as of Ninth Street Women, Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored, and The Art of Acquiring: A Portrait of Etta and Claribel Cone. She worked in Washington and London as a Reuters editor for nearly two decades and lives in Ireland.
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