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"May be the most candid, thoughtful and extensive biography [Stein] will ever get."--"Wall Street Journal"

"The book can be seen as a life in pictures, or a visual biography, collecting and analyzing an impressively large array of portraits of (if not by) Stein."--"Times Literary Supplement (Tls)"

"Argues persuasively that Stein continues to challenge sexual, cultural, and racial norms--and to inspire creative projects."--"Biography"

"California educators deciding how to meet the state's new requirements to include . . . gay Americans in history curricula could strike gold by digging into. . . Gertrude Stein's life and times."--"Stanford Magazine"

"[The book contains] assiduous research, careful selection and confident discussion. . . . Uniquely gratifying."--Igna Fraser, National Portrait Gallery, London"Costume" (01/14/2013)

[The book contains] assiduous research, careful selection and confident discussion. . . . Uniquely gratifying. --Igna Fraser, National Portrait Gallery, London"Costume" (01/14/2013)"

"Impressively researched, copiously illustrated, and a refreshingly 'good read.'; [An] exceptional volume about a literary
figure and art patron who was one of the world s most complex and all-to human women."--Joyce Beckenstein"Women's Art Journal" (05/01/2015)"

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“Innovative, fascinating and far-reaching, Seeing Gertrude Stein is a brilliant and original investigation into the artistic and sexual self-fashioning of a writer perhaps best-known for her role as a patron of artists from Picasso and Matisse to Pavel Tchelitchew and Christian Bérard. Drawing on archived photographs, many of them unpublished, and combining art history and cultural studies, Wanda Corn and Tirza True Latimer liberate Stein from a public image long identified with the broad planes, impenetrable gaze, and archaic references of Picasso's 1907 portrait. As they analyze images of Stein within a variety of contexts—from family, domesticity, and friendship to celebrity, collaborations, and legacy—they reveal Stein, and her life-long partner Alice Toklas, as they saw themselves, and as active collaborators in shaping a unique iconography of femininity, lesbianism and modernity for the twentieth century.”

—Whitney Chadwick, author of Women, Art, and Society

"This is an exciting, lucid, well-researched, and gracefully written book about Gertrude Stein’s fruitful and varied engagement in twentieth century culture and aesthetics. Although I have studied and loved Stein’s writing for years, this book gives me a fresh and often surprising vision of Stein as a visual artist immersed in 'the power of imagery to shape reputation and public identity.' I am sure that for readers (and viewers) new to Stein, this book will be as inspiring, fun, and illuminating as it will be to aficionados."

—Harriet Chessman, author of The Public Is Invited to Dance: Representation, the Body, and Dialogue in Gertrude Stein

“Each of the five aspects (or ‘stories’) in Seeing Gertrude Stein offers fascinating new discoveries, unexpected objects and images, and a profound respect for archival research and the particularities of the historical past. By presenting Stein as (1) a model for artists and photographers, (2) a domestic partner (and decorator of interiors) with Alice B. Toklas (3) a mixer and matcher of people and circles of social acquaintance, (4) an object of popular media attention, and (5) a posthumous legend made and queerly remade in the decades since 1946, this book will forever change the ways in which Stein is understood and appreciated. Beautifully written and brilliantly designed, Seeing Gertrude Stein marks a major contribution to the fields of modernism, art history, visual culture, and queer studies.”

—Richard Meyer, author of Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780520270022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520270022
  • ASIN: 0520270029
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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