Great Female Artists of Detroit

Great Female Artists of Detroit

by Suzanne Bilek


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Great Female Artists of Detroit by Suzanne Bilek

With a fresh perspective and rare images from twelve of Detroit's finest artists, gain a new appreciation for the city's art legacy. See the romantic flourish of Patricia Hill Burnett's mayoral portraits, Niagara's biting pen-and-ink social commentary and the monumental works of Gilda Snowden that are on permanent display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Pause before the paintings of Frida Kahlo, a giant in the art world, whose painful depictions of life in Detroit are the basis for her most moving paintings. Discover the historically significant landscapes, portraits and still lifes of Detroit's earliest professional artists who reached the pinnacle of the art world. Get privileged access to the artists and the methods that made them great through in-depth interviews and new research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496715
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 09/18/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,253,141
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Suzanne Bilek is an author, lecturer and art historian. She has held the positions of artist's agent, marketing manager and craftswoman. Ms. Bilek conducts extensive research on the art history of urban Detroit, especially as it relates to painting. Her lectures on local culture and aesthetics cover a wide range of topics, from Detroit's first art collectors, when the city was still part of New France, to the impact of public art on civic pride in the twenty-first century.
Ms. Bilek, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, studying the people and history of Canada and Central America. She is an art collector and a curatorial assistant at the Detroit Historical Museum. She and her husband are both native Detroiters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction. Detroit: Not for die Faint of Heart 7

Part I Modern Times

Frida Kahlo: Paintress of Pain 13

Patricia Hill Burnett: World-Renowned Portrait Painter, Sculptor and Political Activist 31

Mary Rupp: An Illustrator Motivated by Art and Driven to Succeed 49

Nora Chapa Mendoza: Fine Artist and Champion of Resistance 61

Diana Alva: Painter and Ceramicist 77

Gilda Snowden: The Quintessential Detroit Artist 85

Niagara: A Performance Artist Strong Enough to Close the Show 95

Part II Female Artists and Patrons Before 1900

Courage Plus an Education Equals a Career 111

Marie-Thérèse Guyon-Cadillac: The Woman Who Gave Detroit a Beautiful Beginning 117

Catherine Reynolds: English and Anonymous 121

Margaret Boyd: Queen Margaret of the Ottawas 129

Phoebe Thorn Merritt Clements Taber: The First Professional Female Artist in Detroit 133

Letta Crapo Smith: Stepping into the Mainstream 141

Mrs. Lucy Anna Crapo Smith: Art Patron and Chaperone to the Stars 145

Notes 149

Index 153

About the Author 157

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What interesting women and descriptions of their remarkable skills and frequently stifled ambitions by society. Another look at talent emanating from the city that breeds so much of it!