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||Introduction -- Prologue: The Ninth Street show, New York, May 1951 -- Part One, 1928-1948. Lee: Lena, Lenore, Lee ; The gathering storm ; The end of the beginning -- Elaine : Marie Catherine Mary Ellen O'Brien Fried's daughter ; The master and Elaine -- Art in war : The flight of the artists ; It is war, everywhere, always ; Chelsea ; Intellectual occupation ; The high beam ; A light that blinds, I ; A light that blinds, II -- The turning point : It's 1919 over again! ; Awakenings ; Separate together ; Peintres maudits ; Lyrical desperation ; Death visits the Kingdom of the Saints ; The new Arcadia -- Part Two, 1948-1951. Grace : The call of the wild ; The acts of the Apostles, I ; The acts of the Apostles, II ; Fame ; The flowering ; Riot and risk -- Helen : The deep end of wonder ; The thrill of it ; The puppet master -- Joan : Painted poems ; Mexico to Manhattan via Paris and Prague ; Waifs and minstrels -- Part Three, 1951-1955. Oh, to leave a trace : Coming out ; The perils of discovery ; Said the poet to the painter ; Neither by design nor definition -- Discoveries of heart and hand : Swimming against a riptide ; At the threshold ; Figures and speech ; Refuge ; A change of art ; Life or art ; The Red House -- Five women : The grand girls, I ; The grand girls, II ; The grand girls, III -- Part Four, 1956-1959. The rise and the unraveling : Embarkation point ; Without him ; The gold rush ; A woman's decision ; Sputnik, beatnik, and pop ; Bridal lace and widow's weeds ; Five paths... ; ...Forward -- Epilogue.
||"Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting--not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.[...] These women changed American art and society, tearing up the prevailing social code and replacing it with a doctrine of liberation. In Ninth Street Women, acclaimed author Mary Gabriel tells a remarkable and inspiring story of the power of art and artists in shaping not just postwar America but the future."--Inside dust jacket.