Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter

Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter By CathyCurtis, Restless Ambition Grace Hartigan Painter This first ever biography of American painter Grace Hartigan traces her rise from virtually self taught painter to art world fame her plunge into obscurity after leaving New York to marry a scientist
  • Title: Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter
  • Author: CathyCurtis
  • ISBN: 9780199394500
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter By CathyCurtis, This first ever biography of American painter Grace Hartigan traces her rise from virtually self taught painter to art world fame, her plunge into obscurity after leaving New York to marry a scientist in Balti, and her constant efforts to reinvent her style and subject matter Along the way, there were multiple affairs, four troubled marriages, a long battle with alcohThis first ever biography of American painter Grace Hartigan traces her rise from virtually self taught painter to art world fame, her plunge into obscurity after leaving New York to marry a scientist in Balti, and her constant efforts to reinvent her style and subject matter Along the way, there were multiple affairs, four troubled marriages, a long battle with alcoholism, and a chilly relationship with her only child Attempting to channel her vague ambitions after an early marriage, Grace struggled to master the basics of drawing in night school classes She moved to New York in her early twenties and befriended Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and other artists who were pioneering Abstract Expressionism Although praised for the coloristic brio of her abstract paintings, she began working figuratively, a move that was much criticized but ultimately vindicated when the Museum of Modern Art purchased her painting The Persian Jacket in 1953 By the mid fifties, she freely combined abstract and representational elements Grace who signed her paintings Hartigan was a full fledged member of the men s club that was the 1950s art scene Featured in Time, Newsweek, Life, and Look, she was the only woman in MoMA s groundbreaking 12 Americans exhibition in 1956, and the youngest artist and again, only woman in The New American Painting, which toured Europe in 1958 1959 Two years later she moved to Balti, where she became legendary for her signature tough love counsel to her art school students Grace continued to paint throughout her life, seeking for better or worse something truer and fiercer than beauty.
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    1. I was glad to see that this significant Abstract Expressionist painter of the 1950 s New York Ab Ex heyday finally got some biographic attention I was especially interested because recently I visited a mansion you really couldn t call it anything else on the Balti City garden tour that boasted five Grace Hartigan paintings The hostess said that the anonymous home owner liked to patronize local artists Local artists I thought she was a New York painter Turns out she married a prominent research s [...]


    2. Restless Ambition Grace Hartigan, PainterThis novel took me a VERY long time to finish partially because it s long, and partially because it didn t draw me in I love a good biography, but this book didn t do it for me as much as I would have thought it would That being said, it was well written and it s a great read for those who like non fiction.Following a painter in the 1950s is the main path of this book Grace s life definitely deserved a book the ups and down this woman goes through it int [...]


    3. Enjoyable enough, but could use some editing At one point the author names green as one of the three primary colors , and at another she places Goya in the late 17th century she s off by one century , which casts a little doubt on the rest of the book.


    4. Exceptionally well researched, and compellingly and intelligently written I came to this biography knowing very little about Grace Hartigan and after reading it, felt I had learned a lot about someone who was both an important artist and a fascinating person I m looking forward to reading from this author.


    5. I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to reviewTo be honest I was hoping in this biography as I am very interested in people especially in the arts, but this one was filled too much with facts and dates Grace Hartigan, the person never seemed to be fleshed out enough for me and I was a bit bored throughout the book I am an artist and I did appreciate the snippets of Grace s point of view and her approach to art but it was far and few between On the positive, I enjoyed reading ab [...]


    6. I began reading this book based on a review as well as the artist s connections to Balti In the building where I work one of her paintings is hung in a prominent spot, so I see her every day Plus, I live only a few blocks from the studio she rented until 2004 in Fells Point So even though I sometimes got lost in all the names of her friends, colleagues, husbands and lovers, I kept reading until the end She didn t appeal to me as a person, although the story of her success is compelling in so man [...]


    7. A very well researched biography I have always been at a loss when I see one of Hartigan s paintings, but the author very deftly relates the work to the painter s personality and the events of the time Grace comes off as a phenomenally selfish, even immature person, but at the same time a person of admirable drive and focus The use of her diaries adds much to our understanding of the person You have to admire a woman who made it to the top in a world absolutely dominated by men I will look clos [...]



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