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UK £45.00
US $65.00
Hardback with jacket
256 pages
170 illustrations
28.9 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4703-7
Published in the UK February 2023
Published in the US April 2023
Abstract Expressionists: The Women

Ellen G. Landau and Joan M. Marter

The dominant movement of the New York and San Francisco art scenes of the mid-20th century, Abstract Expressionism is celebrated as being the first major development in American art to gain international status. The movement is synonymous with the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning, but also belonging to this generation who changed the course of modern art were numerous female artists; only in recent years have their contributions received the recognition they deserve. The remarkable women featured in this exciting new book – among them Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Sonia Gechtoff, Lee Krasner and Joan Mitchell – studied at the same art schools as the men, exhibited at the same galleries and were part of the same social scene. Nonetheless, in an era that valued conformity, they remained largely in the shadow of their male counterparts. This magnificent publication presents the works of the Levett Collection, an unparalleled private collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture by women Abstract Expressionists. Richly illustrated essays by Ellen G. Landau and Joan M. Marter consider, respectively, the vital role of women in the development of Abstract Expressionism and the work of women sculptors of the movement. Full of exuberant, explosive colour and densely layered expression, the main part of the book is devoted to more than 50 paintings, collages and sculptures, all accompanied by pertinent quotes from the women about their artistic practice and concerns. An illustrated timeline and 35 artist biographies provide further insight, making this volume an essential addition to the study of Abstract Expressionist women, innovators whose time in the spotlight has finally come.

 

A stunning selection of Abstract Expressionist works by women artists, including Elaine de Kooning, Dorothy Dehner, Lee Krasner, Mercedes Matter, Joan Mitchell, Pat Passlof and Alma Thomas
With incisive essays by leading experts Ellen G. Landau and Joan M. Marter on the contributions of women to this major movement in American art
Artworks are accompanied by quotes from the artists that illuminate their approach, technique and experiences
Published to coincide with an exhibition opening at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in February 2023, then travelling to France and Italy

 

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Author Profiles

Ellen G. Landau is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita at Case Western Reserve University in Clevland, Ohio. She writes widely on Abstract Expressionism, with a frequent focus on artistic couples and women painters of the movement.

Joan M. Marter is Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She was co-organizer of the exhibition Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum in 2016 and editor of the accompanying catalogue. She publishes frequently on women artists.

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