A producer of numerous videos on artists in the New York School and editor of an earlier book from this small art publisher, Herskovic here has assembled 88 artists active in the 1950s, some well known (e.g., Jackson Pollock, Louise Nevelson, Joan Mitchell, and Arshile Gorky) and others less so. After a brief introduction, each of the alphabetically arranged entries contains a statement from the artist, two color reproductions, and individual bio-resumes. There is a wide range in this panorama of artists-painters and sculptors, men and women, blacks and whites, East Coast and West Coast-and all are treated equally, in a refreshing leveling of the playing field. The result stands apart from the myriad other books on Abstract Expressionism by showing the breadth of work rather than just the stars. Mark Rothko's statement is particularly poignant: "The most important tool the artist fashions through constant practice is faith in his ability to produce miracles when they are needed." Researchers will seek out this well-designed selection as this period continues to be evaluated. Recommended for American art museum, academic, art school, and large public libraries.-Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.