Women of Abstract Expressionism
Imprint: Yale University PressA&AePortal
The artists Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and many other women played major roles in the development of Abstract Expressionism, which flourished in New York and San Francisco in the 1940s and 1950s and has been recognized as the first fully American modern art movement. Though the contributions of these women were central to American art of the twentieth century, their work has not received the same critical attention as that of their male counterparts.
Women of Abstract Expressionism is a long-overdue survey. Lavishly illustrated with full-color plates emphasizing the expressive freedom of direct gesture and process at the core of the movement, this book features biographies of more than forty artists, offering insight into their lives and work. Essays by noted scholars explore the techniques, concerns, and legacies of women in Abstract Expressionism, shedding light on their unique experiences. This groundbreaking book reveals the richness of the careers of these important artists and offers keen new reflections on their work and the movement as a whole.
"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
"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
"Dazzling."—Margaret Graham, Brooklyn Rail
"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
"[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 Gibson, Woman’s Art Journal
An Interview with Joan Marter on the Yale Press Podcast