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RESTLESS AMBITION: GRACE HARTIGAN, PAINTER. Cathy Curtis. Oxford University Press, 2015. 448 pp. with 60 ills. (30 col.). 24 x 17 cm. LC 2014-20233 ISBN 9780199394500 In English.
Publisher's description: This first biography of American painter Grace Hartigan traces her rise from virtually self-taught painter to art-world fame, her plunge into obscurity after leaving New York to marry a scientist in Baltimore, and her constant efforts to reinvent her style and subject matter. Along the way, there were multiple affairs, four troubled marriages, a long battle with alcoholism, and a chilly relationship with her only child. Attempting to channel her vague ambitions after an early marriage, Grace struggled to master the basics of drawing in night-school classes. She moved to New York in her early twenties, befriending Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and other artists who were pioneering Abstract Expressionism. Although praised for the coloristic brio of her abstract paintings, she began working figuratively, a move that was much criticized but ultimately vindicated when the Museum of Modern Art purchased her painting The Persian Jacket in 1953. By the mid-fifties, she freely combined abstract and representational elements. Grace-who signed her paintings "Hartigan"-was a full-fledged member of the "men's club" that was the 1950s art scene.
Artist(s):Hartigan, Grace
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Painting, (Auto)Biography — Women Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163267
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