Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter

Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter

by Cathy Curtis


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199394500
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 296,558
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Cathy Curtis is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer. She holds a master's degree in art history and is vice president of Biographers International Organization.

Table of Contents


How I Came to Write This Book
Prologue: The Weekend That Changed Her Life

PART ONE: Escape Artist (1922-1944)
Chapter One: Dreaming
Chapter Two: Searching
Chapter Three: Learning

PART TWO: New York Adventure (1945-1949)
Chapter Four: Risking
Chapter Five: Connecting
Chapter Six: Coping

PART THREE: Rising Star (1950-1955)
Chapter Seven: Struggling
Chapter Eight: Launching
Chapter Nine: Succeeding
Chapter Ten: Asserting

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PART FOUR: Fame (1956-1960)
Chapter Eleven: Celebrating
Chapter Twelve: Swerving

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PART FIVE: Beginning Again in Baltimore (1961-2008)
Chapter Thirteen: Drifting
Chapter Fourteen: Teaching
Chapter Fifteen: Unraveling
Chapter Sixteen: Renewing
Chapter Seventeen: Prevailing

Selected Bibliography

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Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CynBarrett More than 1 year ago
Grace Hartigan was a DAME. Drank, smoked, slept around, swore like a sailor. But more importantly she painted with PASSION. Coming of age alongside landmark artists like Wilhem DeKooning, Grace had a long hard slog establishing herself. Not until later in life did anything ever come easily for Grace. Very well written book, and it offers interesting insight into Hartigan's creative process. The story is quite colorful, and Grace Hartigan - although I had never heard of her - had an extremely colorful personality. Sure she could be a joy to be around, but without warning she could also cut people to shreds - including her own family. Grace lived a long and very full life, however the narrative can drag a bit in spots. However, overall I enjoyed this thoroughly, and recommend this well researched biography to those interested in the seminal New York art scene of the 40s through 50s. Comment