Ninth Street Women: The Women of Abstract Expressionism

ART HIS 874.03

This class will take as its point of focus Mary Gabriel's book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, published in 2017.  The course will expand the book's content so as to include other female painters and sculptors allied with Abstract Expressionism. 

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While the story of Abstract Expressionism's emergence in New York in the late 1940s and 1950s has been much told, the role played by women artists associated with the movement has rarely been the subject of review.  This class will take as its point of focus Mary Gabriel's book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, published in 2017.  The course will expand the book's content so as to include other female painters and sculptors allied with Abstract Expressionism, among them Dorothy Dehner, Sonia Gechtoff, Jay DeFeo, Ethel Schwabacher, and Perle Fine.  Their place in the New York art world of the time, their reception by dealers, curators, and other artists (often husbands and/or lovers), and their legacies will all be considered. Gabriel's Ninth Street Women, which is being developed as an Amazon Studio TV production by showrunners Amy Sherman Palladino and Dan Palladino, is required reading for this class. 

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