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The life and art of Florine Stettheimer /
Barbara J. Bloemink.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995.
xv, 303 p. : ill. (some col.)
0300063407 (cloth)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 1995.
0300063407 (cloth)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-01-01:
Sophisticated yet naive, public but highly personal, developed in the center of the modern art world but removed from the mainstream, painter-poet-set designer Stettheimer approached each discipline on her own terms, creating worldly yet folksy apparitions in each medium of her work. Her unique family life, which she shared with her sisters Carrie and Ettie, is fully documented in her art, as is the social milieu in which the sisters thrived. In time, her circle included Duchamp, Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Lachaise, Nadelman, and many others. Sussman, creator and author of an earlier exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (1980), serves as guest co-curator, with Barbara Bloemink, for the Whitney Museum exhibition, Manhattan Fantastica. Bloemink provides an essay for the Whitney catalog, as does noted art historian Linda Nochlin. The catalog is superbly documented with numerous illustrations and photographs of the artist and her world, chronology, bibliography, and notes. Bloemink's own book does not duplicate but supplements the exhibition catalog by providing a continuous narrative of the artist's career. It contains photos of the artist's living spaces; friends; her more obscure paintings; reproductions of her painted screens; costumes and sets; and excerpts from her published collection of poems, Crystal Flowers (1949). Bloemink's monograph presents Stettheimer not as a lyrical or eccentric artist but rather a satiric chronicler of the cultural scenes of her day, a perceptive conscience of the modernist era. Graduate; faculty; general. L. Doumato National Gallery of Art
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-11-15:
Fortunately, these excellent volumes appear within a short time of each other, coinciding with a major retrospective of Stettheimer's (1871-1944) work at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. They make widely available the comprehensive monographic and analytical treatment necessary to understand this little known but major visionary painter. Bloemink's study originates from doctoral research. Academically thoroughgoing, it is, nonetheless, especially well-written. Bloemink clearly displays her admiration and insight, defining the paintings as narrative, psuedo- or neoprimitive, jazzy but sophisticated, and childlike. There is commentary on saturated colors, diaphanous "cellophane" effects-imitating Florine's bedroom and studio decor-gilded and raised painted objects, etc. Duchamp's term multiplication virtuelle and Carl Van Vechten's importance to the artist are discussed. Paragraphs of less critical exegesis are found in lengthy end notes. It suffers a little from a lack of a bibliography, and, though the colorplates are abundant, much of the witty detail is lost due to the large scale of the paintings. The Whitney catalog is also fascinating, but with smaller reproductions. Sussman posits the impact of gender issues, asserting that Stettheimer's "artificiality, stylization, eccentric elegance, and sexual ambiguities" offered "an American female version of camp and dandyism that appealed to many gay admirers." Bloemink writes here on the artist's sense of temporality, indeterminate space, and adds that "the voyage of life and love is made up of isolated episodes, arranged in our memory like miniature versions of a Mozart or Rossini opera." The book concludes with Nochlin's 1980 seminal essay "Florine Stettheimer: Rococo Subversive." Highest recommendation for both volumes.-Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Table of Contents
Originsp. 1
Influence Gatheringp. 19
Return to New Yorkp. 51
Social Relations at War's Endp. 90
Friends and Family: Portraiturep. 115
Amusements in the 1920sp. 149
Four Saints in Three Actsp. 187
Independence and Famep. 200
Epiloguep. 233
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 289
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