“A Generous Vision” book 11.14.2019

I recently finished reading A Generous Vision: The Creative Life of Elaine de Kooning, written by Cathy Curtis. This author has written two other books, also about female painters - Nell Blaine and Grace Hartigan. A Generous Vision is a biography about Elaine de Kooning, born in 1918, an abstract expressionist painter who was married … Continue reading “A Generous Vision” book 11.14.2019

“Old in Art School” book 1.31.2019

Recently I finished reading "Old in Art School - A Memoir of Starting Over" by Nell Painter. This is a tale of an black/African American/non-white female who left her successful career (Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University) to attend art school at the age of 64. Painter returned to school as an … Continue reading “Old in Art School” book 1.31.2019

“Walk Through Walls” book 11.15.2018

I recently finished reading Walk Through Walls, a memoir by performance artist Marina Abramovic, published in 2016. (Earlier this year, I posted her "Artist's Life Manifesto" on this blog.) Abramovic is known for unusual performances which many think are perverted, controversial, or vulgar. Because she's a female artist, and around my age, I wanted to learn more … Continue reading “Walk Through Walls” book 11.15.2018

“Identity Unknown” book 7.26.2018

I recently finished reading Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, written by Donna Seaman. Published in early 2017, I borrowed it from my local library. Seaman includes seven female artists: Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Lois Maillou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Christina Ramberg, and Lenore Tawney. I'd heard of most of these artists, either from … Continue reading “Identity Unknown” book 7.26.2018