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The Spirit of Abstract Expressionism: Selected Writings Hardcover – February, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller; 1st edition (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807613371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807613375
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,553,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Artist, critic and wife of painter Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning (1918-1989) was both the interpreter and the voice of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Published primarily in Art News between 1949 and 1967, these 28 articles display her acumen and impassioned commitment. Included are a wonderfully personal biographical-critical profile of Arshile Gorky, an analysis of the alchemy of Franz Kline's paintings and perceptive appraisals of artists as diverse as Andrew Wyeth, Stuart Davis, Jackson Pollock and Esteban Vicente. An eloquent 1955 essay on how an artist chooses, or is chosen by, his or her subject seems just as relevant today as when it was written. Slivka, who teaches art criticism at New York University, examines de Kooning's underrated career as a painter, and Luyckx, the artist's sister, provides an affectionate profile. Photos.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Elaine de Kooning (1918-89), artist, art critic, educator, and wife of the prominent abstract expressionist painter Willem de Kooning, receives appropriate recognition in this collection of 28 critical essays, mostly from Art News and previously unpublished sources. Granted access to the studios of her friends and colleagues--Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Mark Rothko, David Smith, Buckminster Fuller, and other notables--she provides firsthand observations of their distinctive techniques and temperaments. Her perceptive, witty articles include accounts of her experiences at the innovative Black Mountain College, a commission to paint President Kennedy's portrait, and her husband's influences upon her work. Noteworthy introductions by the author's sister and an associate reveal the personal side of the woman who so intelligently articulated the abstract expressionist movement's ideals. A necessary purchase for contemporary art collections.
- Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim on October 8, 2010
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As an artist, I appreciate the fine writing about art by an artist. The New York Abstract Expressionists were and are still some of the greatest artists the United States has produced. I bought a hardback for under $10.
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