Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art

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Little, Brown, Sep 25, 2018 - Art - 944 pages
Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always 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.

Gutsy and indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School, used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult path of the creative life.

Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting. These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future.


Lena Lenore
Marie Catherine Mary Ellen OBrien Frieds Daughter
The Flight of the Artists
It Is War Everywhere Always
Intellectual Occupation
The Perils of Discovery
Said the Poet to the Painter
Neither by Design nor Definition
Discoveries of Heart and Hand
Swimming against a Riptide
At the Threshold
Figures and Speech

The High Beam
A Light That Blinds I
Its 1919 Over Again
Separate Together
Peintres Maudits
Lyrical Desperation 18 Death Visits the Kingdom of the Saints
The New Arcadia
PART TWO 19481951
The Call of the Wild
The Acts of the Apostles I
The Flowering
The Deep End of Wonder 27 The Thrill of
The Puppet Master
Painted Poems
Mexico to Manhattan via Paris and Prague
Waifs and Minstrels
PART THREE 19511955
A Change of
Life or
The Red House
The Grand Girls I
Embarkation Point
The Gold Rush
A Womans Decision
Sputnik Beatnik and
Bridal Lace and Widows Weeds
Five Paths
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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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