KARA WALKER—NO/ KARA WALKER—YES/ KARA WALKER—?
Introduction by Howardena Pindell & Essays by 28 Artists, Educators, Writers and Poets
ISBN 978-877675-72-0 $22.00; paper
Section I—is a platform that gives voice to the previously unheard commentary of Walker's art world peers at the unbalanced writings rained on Walker by most of the art critics.
Section II—has excerpts from the critics' biased reviews, interviews and "profiles"—all in lavish praise of Walker for her "originality, daring and brilliance."
Section III—includes those few critics who dared to question the validity of what had already been showered on Walker.
Back of the book Appendix contains brief histories of Lynching and Minstrelry and biographies of those brave leaders, among many others, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hammer, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman who opened the door that Kara Walker and her supporters want to close.
LOOK UP: The Life and Art of Sacha Kolin
by Lisa Thaler
ISBN 1-877675-68-3; 472 pp; paper; color illust.; $28.00
Sacha Kolin studied with the leading artists of Vienna and Paris; exhibited at the Secession and Kunsterhaus and later in Paris at the annual Salon, and was the youngest artist to be named Societaire of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She arrived in America in 1936 and quickly established herself in the contemporary New York art world, making friends with many outstanding artists of the time. Her paintings and sculptures were soon exhibited widely and purchased by outstanding collectors.
As her reputation grew her social circle included Andy Warhol, Ray Johnson and Roy Lichtenstein among others. The author, genealogist Lisa Thaler, became captivated by the artist in 1998 upon her purchase of her first painting. Intending only to do a brief "look up" she became immersed in a 9-year global outreach to recover the artist's daring and optimistic life story. She used her professional skills to locate the artist's relatives and collectors in Europe and the U.S. and converted this incredible information to a mesmerizing story of an artist's life.
TRANQUIL POWER: THE ART AND LIFE OF PERLE FINE
ISBN 1-877675-54-7; 256 pp.; paper; Color & B/W illust.; $28.00
"In Tranquil Power, an under-appreciated artist at last emerges as one of the most appealing masters of Abstract Expressionism. Fine's quiet confidence and artistic integrity, through years of economic hardship, and in the face of the prevailing antipathy to women painters, invest her with a heroism she would have denied."
Fine was instrumental in helping shape the direction of Abstract Expressionism with inclusion of her work in numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious New York galleries and in many groups shows at major museums. Her Tenth Street Studio in the heart of New York's art scene was a place where artists dropped in to exchange ideas. She was a close friend of de Kooning, Pollock, Lee Krasner and Kline, among others, and it was with their encouragement that she relocated to The Springs in East Hampton. It was there that she produced color-saturated "gentle paintings of near unspeakable beauty."
"[The book has] no sordid details about steamy affairs, just work, devotion, and the highs and lows of an artist's life." The world Perle Fine inhabited was a man's world. "Nevertheless, a number of gifted women in it persevered, survived, and gained recognition. Fine was notable among them, not as a woman artist, but as an artist of distinction." Book is profusely illustrated with the artist's works and photographs.
GUMBO YA YA: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS
Introductory essay by Leslie King Hammond, Foreword by bell hooks
ISBN 1-877675-07-5, Color & b/w Illust., $35.00
Gumbo Ya Ya presents an intelligent overview of today's progressive community of African-American women artists. A collection of essays personalizes the lives and reveal the incredible achievements of over 160 artists.
BENEDETTA CAPPA MARINETTI: QUEEN OF FUTURISM
ISBN 1-877675-46-6 paper, Color & b/w Illust., $25.00
The wife of the creator and leader of the Futurist movement, she insisted on using only her Christian name — Benedetta. In the field of the visual arts, she forged a style of her own and was also a "total" artist in the Futurist sense of the word — producing novels, essays, articles, amd lectures; stage design; graphic syntheses drawings and verbal-visual experiments of(free word compositions.
ALMOST LOST TO HISTORY: THE WOMEN ARTISTS OF ITALIAN FUTURISM
Mirella Bentivoiglio and Franca Zoccoli
ISBN 1-877675-18-0 paper, Color & b/w Illust., $25.00
ISBN 1-877675-26-1 cloth, $35.00
The authors have combed archives and collections, interviewed the only woman Futurist still alive, and sought out living heirs of the women of Futurism to rediscover a group of artists who were central to the movement.
MODERNISM AND BEYOND: WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
Edited by Laura Brunsman and Ruth Askey
ISBN 1-877675-13-X, Illust., $15.00
Women artists from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver; from the early Modernists of the 1900s to the late Postmodernists, this infomative source examines a variety of mediums and genres.
YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW: CALIFORNIA WOMEN ARTISTS
Edited by Sylvia Moore
ISBN 0-9602476-9-6, Illust., $15.95
This richly-illustrated document explores the range and diversity of California art. Historians, curators, and critics examine West Coast art from murals (WPA to the '70s), to painting, sculpture, film, video, performance, photography, and crafts.
NO BLUEBONNETS, NO YELLOW ROSES: ESSAYS ON TEXAS WOMEN IN ARTS
(third printing 2006)
Edited by Sylvia Moore
ISBN 0-9602476-8-8, Illust., $22.00
From the "ravishing desolate landscape" to the lavishly endowed private museums, No Bluebonnets, No Yellow Roses brings you the story of Texas women in the arts. Essays by 10 artists, historians, curators and educators explore art by Texans—from the early pioneers to contemporary artists, collectors and dealers. The book and its many illustrations are ideal, not just for women's studies courses, but as a richly textured history of this region of America.
PILGRIMS AND PIONEERS: NEW ENGLAND WOMEN IN THE ARTS
(second printing 2005)
Edited by Alicia Faxon and Sylvia Moore
ISBN 9602476-6-1, Illust., $22.00
A fascinating glimpse of women's art. Essays by sixteen artists, historians, curators and critics on topics ranging from the lives of the early needlewomen and the education of their working class sisters to the women artists, architects, collectors and dealers of our time. A wealth of original material with numerous illustrations. Ideal for women's studies courses; a unique art history; with index.
WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE WORLD
Edited by C. Lyle, S. Moore, C. Navaretta
ISBN 0-9602476-4-5, Ilust., $35.00
Historical document of first international conference and exhibition of women artists worldwide-sponsored by the U.N. (Limited quantity of books available.)