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Black Angel
Black Angel The Life of Arshile Gorky By Matossian, Nouritza (Book - 2000 ) 759.13 G669m 2000 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this first full-scale biography of the artist Robert Hughes called "a kind of Bridge of Sighs between Surrealism and America," Nouritza Matossian charts the life of Arshile Gorky, one of the most mysterious of major twentieth-century artists.

Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock By Toynton, Evelyn (Book - 2012 ) 759.13 P776t 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Presents the life and a critique of the Abstract Expressionist painter, describing his tumultuous personal history, his revolutionary drip paintings, and the influence that his work had in propelling American art to prominence in the post-World War II period.

De Kooning
De Kooning An American Master By Stevens, Mark (Book - 2004 ) 709.2 D328s 2004 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Traces the career of abstract expressionist Willem De Kooning, discussing his personal life with wife Elaine Fried, and his battle with alcoholism and Alzheimer's disease.

Lee Krasner
Lee Krasner A Biography By Levin, Gail (Book - 2011 ) 759.13 K89Lb 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:LEE KRASNER, best known as Jackson Pollock's wife, reveals a woman who was a firebrand and trailblazer for women's rights, who also led a fascinating life, and who is finally now being recognized as one of the 20th century's modernist masters.

Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell With Pen and Brush By Caws, Mary Ann (Book - 2003 ) 709.24 M918c 2003 Available in some locations

Annotation:Robert Motherwell was by far the most intellectual and articulate of the Abstract Expressionists. This book, written by a friend of the artist, the well-known writer and critic Mary Ann Caws, examines Motherwell's way of thinking and writing in relation to his paintings.

Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko A Biography By Breslin, James E. B. (Book - 1998 ) 759.13 R846b 1998 Available in some locations

Annotation:A book of heroic dimensions, this is the first full-length biography of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century--a man as fascinating, difficult, and compelling as the paintings he produced.

Philip Guston
Philip Guston Collected Writings, Lectures, and Conversations By Guston, Philip (Book - 2011 ) 700 G9829p 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is the premier collection of dialogues, talks, and writings by Philip Guston (1913-1980), one of the most intellectually adventurous and poetically gifted of modern painters.

Pollock
Pollock (DVD - 2001 ) DVD Drama POLLOCK Available in some locations

Annotation:A biographical film which tells the story of American painter, Jackson Pollock. Marcia Gay Harden won an Academy Award for portraying Lee Krasner. Ed Harris was also nominated for his portrayal of Jackson Pollock.

Rothko's Rooms
Rothko's Rooms The Life and Works of An American Artist (DVD - 2008 ) DVD 759.13 ROTHKOS All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Chronicles Rothko's life, charting the development of his work, which fills the screen with his softly defined, rectangular clouds of color stacked symmetrically on top of one another. Conceived to evoke elemental emotions and maximum poignancy.

Franz Kline
Franz Kline By Gaugh, Harry F. (Book - 1994 ) 759.13 K65ga Available in some locations

Annotation:Drawing on extensive interviews with Kline's associates, Gaugh traces the artist's development through his early training as an illustrator in Boston and London; his penniless years in Greenwich Village, turning out figurative canvases for a few devoted patrons (and murals for barroom walls); and the progressive experiments with abstraction that finally led to his famous breakthrough.

Elaine and Bill, Portrait of A Marriage
Elaine and Bill, Portrait of A Marriage The Lives of Willem and Elaine De Kooning By Hall, Lee (Book - 1993 ) 759.13 D328h All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Profiles the dynamic and tumultuous, 50-year, on-again, off-again "open" marriage of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, whose lives were at the epicenter of the postwar art world.

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When time travel becomes routine and available, my first trip will be to the Cedar Tavern in 1950s NYC, where I'd hope to share a table with these troubled but talented figures of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Until that day, I'll prepare by exploring their lives through these library materials.


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