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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.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|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
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
About the Author 157
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!