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Ninth Street Women

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Five women revolutionize the modern art world in postwar America in  this "gratifying, generous, and lush" true story from a National Book  Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist (Jennifer Szalai, New York Times).

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern  times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic,  always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the  male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting -- not as  muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked,  drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art  world for themselves and countless others to come. 

Gutsy and  indomitable, Lee Krasner was a hell-raising leader among artists long  before she became part of the modern art world's first celebrity couple  by marrying Jackson Pollock. Elaine de Kooning, whose brilliant mind and  peerless charm made her the emotional center of the New York School,  used her work and words to build a bridge between the avant-garde and a  public that scorned abstract art as a hoax. Grace Hartigan fearlessly  abandoned life as a New Jersey housewife and mother to achieve stardom  as one of the boldest painters of her generation. Joan Mitchell, whose  notoriously tough exterior shielded a vulnerable artist within, escaped a  privileged but emotionally damaging Chicago childhood to translate her  fierce vision into magnificent canvases. And Helen Frankenthaler, the  beautiful daughter of a prominent New York family, chose the difficult  path of the creative life. 

Her gamble paid off: At twenty-three  she created a work so original it launched a new school of painting.  These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing  social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women,  acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of  the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but  the future.


  • Publisher :  Back Bay Books; Illustrated edition (September 24, 2019) 
  • Language :  English 
  • Item Weight :  2.29 pounds 
  • Dimensions :  6.4 x 2.3 x 9.35 inches