“A Generous Vision” book 11.14.2019

“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 [...]

“Walk Through Walls” book 11.15.2018

“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 [...]

“Identity Unknown” book 7.26.2018

“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 [...]