Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists

Who hasn t wondered where aside from Georgia O Keeffe and Frida Kahlo all the women artists are In many art books, they ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase identity unknown while each male is named.Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of theWho hasn t wondered where aside from Georgia O Keeffe and Frida Kahlo all the women artists are In many art books, they ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase identity unknown while each male is named.Donna Seaman brings to dazzling life seven of these forgotten artists, among the best of their day Gertrude Abercrombie, with her dark, surreal paintings and friendships with Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins Bay Area self portraitist Joan Brown Ree Morton, with her witty, oddly beautiful constructions Lois Mailou Jones of the Harlem Renaissance Lenore Tawney, who combined weaving and sculpture when art and craft were considered mutually exclusive Christina Ramberg, whose unsettling works drew on pop culture and advertising and Louise Nevelson, an art world superstar in her heyday but omitted from most recent surveys of her era.These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance In brilliant, compassionate prose, Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects not makers of art Featuring stunning examples of the artists work, Identity Unknown speaks to all women about their neglected place in history and the challenges they face to be taken as seriously as men no matter what their chosen field.
Identity Unknown Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists Who hasn t wondered where aside from Georgia O Keeffe and Frida Kahlo all the women artists are In many art books they ve been marginalized with cold efficiency summarily dismissed in the captions o

  • Title: Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists
  • Author: Donna Seaman
  • ISBN: 9781620407585
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists”

    1. My thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.I think this is a case of, it's not the book, it's me. I just didn't gel with the writing style at ALL. Which is very sad, as this is a very important topic. It is important to not discount any group of people, in this case women, from the contributions they made and make to the world, in this case, art.The women were all amazingly interesting. The creative process, their history, how what they lived throu [...]

    2. Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists by Donna Seaman is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late December (Boxing Day).Seaman's writing style is rather a lot like a long-form biographical article than an art critique, social humanities book, a work that upholds American feminism, or woman's non-fiction. Her seven female artists of choice are Louise Nevelson (procurer and constructor of urban driftwood), Gertrude Abercrombie (jazzy, declarative, eclectic horizontal Surre [...]

    3. These seven essays on the life and work of artists are the sort of thing we usually find in exhibition catalogs or books featuring the work of a particular artist. The chapters here are a step above the run of the mill product of this type, and with good reason. Ms. Seaman has an agenda and follows it well; she is a fine writer and sensitive critic. What makes reading this book a two-week effort vs. the usual time for a 400 odd page volume is that we now have a supplement to art books: the world [...]

    4. This is the third book I have read in recent months where the author has tackled a really interesting topic, but doesn't have the writing chops to pull off an interesting book. It's so frustrating.

    5. I received this book for free in the First Reads giveaway program. I was not otherwise compensated for my review.

    6. This was a great idea-brief bios and critiques of seven recently working women artists who are under recognized and appreciated. But what a balls-up it turned out to be. Donna Seaman compulsively overwrites, never using one adjective or noun when seven would do, and purpling up her prose at every turn. But that's not all. Seaman insists on following every irrelevant tangent such as describing the grand parentage of one artist's teacher or discussing Frida Kahlo for three pages because both Kahlo [...]

    7. Thanks to and Bloomsbury Publishing for a free copy of this book.Identity Unknown shares the stories of seven female artists, acclaimed in their day but virtually forgotten now:Louise Nevelson, Gertrude Abercrombie, Lois Mailou Jones, Ree Morton, Joan Brown, Christina Ramberg, and Lenore Tawney.Their stories are fascinating and inspirational as, not only were they original and daring, they also had to overcome many obstacles due to sexism. Lois Mailou Jones further became adept at "turning adve [...]

    8. A perfectly good book that just didn't stand a chance against all the great novels I happened to pick up while reading it. I like the author's approach of writing informally, not trying to do a rigorous art history/critique or a straight biography. She's done her research but she's not afraid to speculate and tell you when she's going out on a limb. For an art book, though, not nearly enough illustrations.

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