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BOOK CLUB

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Selections by Month

FUTURE BOOKS

June 8, 2022, WCA Colorado Book Club

Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler

by Alexander Nemerov

A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century's

most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler,

as she came of age as an artist in postwar New York.

“The magic of Alexander Nemerov's portrait of Helen

Frankenthaler in Fierce Poise is that it reads like one of

Helen's paintings. His poetic descriptions of her work and

his rich insights into the years when Helen made her first artistic

breakthroughs are both light and lush, seemingly easy and yet profound. His book is an ode to a truly great artist who, some seventy years after this story begins, we are only now beginning to understand.” ―Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women

 

July 13, 2022, National WCA Book Club
Infinity Net:
The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is one of the most talked-about artists working today. This remarkable memoir reveals her to be a fascinating figure, channeling her obsessive neurosis into an art that transcends cultural barriers. Kusama describes arriving in New York in 1957 as a poverty-stricken artist and later becoming the doyenne of an alternative art scene. She tells of her relationships with Georgia O’Keeffe, Donald Judd, Andy Warhol, and the reclusive Joseph Cornell. She candidly discusses the obsessive visions that have haunted her throughout her life; returning to Japan in the early 1970s, Kusama admitted herself to the psychiatric hospital in Tokyo where she lives today, and from which she has produced the seemingly endless stream of artworks and writings that have won her acclaim across the globe.
 
August 10, 2022, WCA Colorado Book Club
How to be a Craftivist  by Sarah Corbett

Did you know that "Craftivism" is actually a class

taught at the University of Colorado Boulder?  

There's also a class in it at the DAM starting in May!

Craftivism is a form of activism, typically incorporating

elements of anti-capitalismenvironmentalism,

solidarity, or third-wave feminism, that is centered

on practices of craft.  Craftivism is a social process of collective empowerment, action, expression and negotiation. In craftivism, engaging in the social and critical discourse around the work is central to its production and dissemination.[1] Practitioners are known as craftivists. The word 'craftivism' is a portmanteau of the words craft and activism.

We're going to take a look at Craftivism with this book. When you read it, jot down any ideas that come to you for a craftivist project for WCA and bring them to the Book Club!

Available as an "E-book" and in paperback. But the shipping time for the paperback is long so order early.

 
 
 
 
September 14, 2022, National WCA Book Club
Author Talk and Discussion with Barbara Bloemink

Florine Stettheimer: A Biography

by Barbara Bloemink

The hardcover book comes out on January 5, 2022, $29.95

This comprehensive biography establishes Florine Stettheimer as one of the most innovative artists of the early twentieth century.

 

Florine Stettheimer was a feminist, multi-media artist who documented New York City’s growth as the center of cultural life, finance, and entertainment between the World Wars. During her first forty years, spent mostly in Europe, Florine Stettheimer studied academic painting and was aware of the earliest modernist styles prior to most American artists. Returning to New York, she and her sisters led an acclaimed salon for major avant-garde cultural figures including Marcel Duchamp, the Stieglitz circle, and numerous poets, dancers, and writers. During her life, Stettheimer showed her innovative paintings in more than forty of the most important museum exhibits and salons. She also wrote poetry, designed unique furniture, and gained international fame for the sets and costumes she created for the avant-garde opera, Four Saints in Three Acts. Stettheimer’s work was also socially progressive: she painted several identity-issue paintings, addressing African American segregation, Jewish bigotry, fluid sexuality, and women’s new independence.

 

This biography presents one of the first comprehensive readings of Stettheimer’s art. Barbara Bloemink establishes Stettheimer’s place as one of the twentieth century’s most significant and progressive artists and examines why her unique work remains relevant today.

October 12, 2022, WCA-CO Book Club

Open for suggestion. We will update you with the selection soon.
November 9, 2022, National WCA Book Club

Art on My Mind visual politics, by bell books

Art on My Mind, bell hooks, a leading cultural critic, responds to the ongoing dialogues about producing, exhibiting, and criticizing art and aesthetics in an art world increasingly concerned with identity politics. Always concerned with the liberatory black struggle, hooks positions her writings on visual politics within the ever-present question of how art can be an empowering and revolutionary force within the black community.

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PAST BOOKS

MAY 11, 2022 National WCA

Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency
by Olivia Laing

4 out of 5 Stars

APRIL 13, 2022 WCA-CO
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland
2.5 out of 5 Stars

MARCH 9, 2022 National WCA

Gluck by Diana Souhami

2.5 out of 5 Stars

JANUARY 12, 2022 National WCA

The Heart: Friday Kahlo in Paris

by Marc Petitjean

3 out of 5 Stars

NOVEMBER 10, 2021 National WCA

we flew over the bridge

Faith Ringgold, memoir

4 out of 5 Stars

OCTOBER 13, 2021 WCA-CO

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

4 out of 5 Stars

SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 National WCA

Photographer Sally Mann's book 

Hold Still 

4 out of 5 Stars

AUGUST 11, 2021

Paint Made Flesh

4.5 out of 5 Stars

JULY  14, 2021 National WCA

Eva Hesse

4 out of 5 Stars

FEBRUARY 10, 2021

Luncheon of the Boating Party

by Susan Vreeland

5 out of 5 Stars

JANUARY 13, 2021

Day Book by Anne Truitt

An Artist's Journal

4.5 out of 5 Stars

DECEMBER 9, 2020

Sacré Bleu

by Christopher Moore

4.5 out of 5 Stars

NOVEMBER 11, 2020

Art & Fear

4.5 out of 5 Stars

OCTOBER 14, 2020

Miss O'Keeffe
by Christine Taylor Patten,
Alvaro Cardona-Hine

4.5 out of 5 Stars

SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

Color: A Natural
History of the Palette

by Victoria Finlay

4.5 out of 5 Stars

AUGUST 12, 2020

Lisette's List

by Susan Vreeland

5 out of 5 Stars

JUNE ​10, 2020

Book: One Vacant Chair

by Joe Coomer

4 out of 5 Stars

​​​JULY 8, 2020

Just Kids

by Patti Smith​

4 out of 5 Stars

Welcome National WCA Members!

In partnership with the National Women's Caucus for Art, the Colorado Chapter of the WCA is opening up their book club to include all WCA members on a bi-monthly basis beginning on May 12, 2021. The book club was formed to foster understanding of women in the arts and their contributions. Books are chosen by members and discussed monthly via Zoom. The book club meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Mountain Standard Time.

A few guidelines–

Please mute yourself until called on. Use the chat to pose questions. It isn't necessary to have read the book. Books chosen should be available at a public library, used, or via download. Newer books will be considered when they become available in paperback. WCA ratings for a past book club selection are tallied at the end of the discussion with the members present and rounded to the nearest whole number out of a total of 5.

If you are interested in–

  1. Co-hosting a meeting

  2. Recommending a book

Please contact WCA-CO member: Annette Coleman.​

You can join the book club using the form on top left.

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