- Paperback: 484 pages
- Publisher: Midmarch Arts Press; First edition (June 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877675687
- ISBN-13: 978-1877675683
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,473,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Artist Sacha Kolin, born in Paris in 1911 and trained in Vienna, arrived in New York in 1936 with her parents after her aeronautical-engineer father recognized the mounting danger facing Jews as Nazi power increased. Diminutive and exuberantly creative, Sacha made dancingly calligraphic abstract paintings and elegant sculpture, exhibiting often in New York and at university museums. Her output was high, her personality colorful, her reputation solid, yet she was promptly forgotten after her death in 1981—until Thaler, a family historian, stood “thunderstruck” before one of Kolin’s paintings and a revival was born. Thaler’s innovative and tireless research and dedication to bringing mischievous and daring Kolin and her “spare and gestural art” back into the light has resulted in an involving, surprising, gracefully designed, meticulously documented, and picture-rich first biography. Kolin was as eccentric as she was talented, what with her fear of dentists, crazy love for her salukis, and reckless insistence on living far beyond her means. A remarkable artist who worked against great odds, a wildly impractical hustler with chutzpah, Kolin is fascinating and evocative, and Thaler portrays her with precision and sensitivity. --Donna Seaman
Lisa Thaler's book has brought artist Sacha Kolin's "spare and gestural art" back into the light and has resulted in an involving, surprising, gracefully designed. meticulously documenrted and picture-rich first biography. Kolin was as eccentric as she was talented with a reckless insistence on living far beyond her means. A remarkable artist who worked against great odds, a wildly impractical hustler with chutzpah, Kolin is fascinating and evocative, and Thaler portrays her with precision and sensitivity. Donna Seaman --Booklist, JUne 1, 2008
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What a story!!
Extremely complex situations for this multi-talented, persistent woman.
Knowing Bertram Schaffner as a family member and having talked to you, I felt I was living in Sacha's shoes while reading this heart wrenching story - and - I was going CRAZY! At least 35 years ago, when Bertram gave me 2 of Sasha's pieces I never envisioned her producing these unique, simple, joyful works while having to endure such trauma! Up/down; in/out; with/without; failure/success; home/homeless, wealth/poverty, etc. The only information I had was that Sasha had given Bert her artwork in lieu of paying his fees. How she was able to cope is certainly beyond my imagination.
Exposing the life of this gifted artist is a treasure for me and for those fortunate enough to have read it.
through tears (for Sasha),
Ms. Thaler's passion for the artist is expressed in the most generous, intelligent, detailed way. Her writing is simply beautiful and she introduces us to Sacha Kolin's work - which is breathtaking.
This stunning book is a gift to her, her family, the art world and to all of us.
Sacha would be speechless with delight in what you have done for her, but only speechless for an instant while she gathered her many thoughts of your triumph, and hers.