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Mr and Mrs Hopper

Gail Levin: How the Tate gets Edward Hopper wrong, 24 June 2004

Edward Hopper 
edited by Sheena Wagstaff.
Tate Gallery, 256 pp., £29.99, May 2004, 1 85437 533 4
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... Edward Hopper languished into his forties as a commercial illustrator. He got his first break thanks to a boost from a fellow artist called Josephine Verstille Nivison, who in the fall of 1923 got the Brooklyn Museum to include him in a group show to which she had been invited to contribute. He married her the following year. Success of a sort followed ...

The Loneliness Thing

Peter Campbell, 5 February 1981

Nature and Culture 
by Barbara Novak.
Thames and Hudson, 323 pp., £16, August 1980, 0 500 01245 8
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Edward Hopper: The Complete Prints 
by Gail Levin.
Norton, 128 pp., £9.95, April 1980, 0 393 01275 1
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Edward Hopper as illustrator 
by Gail Levin.
Norton, 288 pp., £15.95, April 1980, 0 393 01243 3
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... money as an illustrator and a reputation as an etcher. These aspects of his work are covered by Gail Levin’s two books – which are, one discovers, overtures to a catalogue raisonnée. He did not like illustrating – ‘I was always interested in architecture, but the editors wanted people waving their arms’ – and had no great opinion of the ...

Modernism’s Future

Jon Whiteley, 18 March 1982

The Meanings of Modern Art 
by John Russell.
Thames and Hudson, 429 pp., £18, October 1981, 0 500 27248 4
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The Oxford Companion to 20th-Century Art 
edited by Harold Osborne.
Oxford, 656 pp., £19.50, November 1981, 0 19 866119 3
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Abstract Expressionism: The Formative Years 
by Robert Hobbs and Gail Levin.
Cornell, 137 pp., £17.50, November 1981, 0 8014 1365 6
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... vision in accounting for their fuzziness, his freshness of approach (shared with his collaborator Gail Levin), and the new material gathered at first hand from survivors, make this book an essential preface to the classic histories of New York abstraction by Thomas B. Hess, Irvine Sandler and Harold Rosenberg. The original texts from which John ...

Cunt Art

Jo Applin: Ten Rounds with Judy Chicago, 9 June 2022

The Flowering: The Autobiography of Judy Chicago 
by Judy Chicago.
Thames and Hudson, 416 pp., £30, July 2021, 978 0 500 09438 9
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... friends’. Judy could ‘embarrass a sailor’ with her language, according to her biographer, Gail Levin. When Ed Kienholz made an installation based on Barney’s, The Beanery (1965), the critic Sidney Tillim described it as a ‘valentine to firewater and fraternity’, a love letter to an art scene that was centred around bikes, beer and ...

Op Art

Joshua Cohen: Joshua Sobol, 3 March 2011

Cut Throat Dog 
by Joshua Sobol, translated by Dalya Bilu.
Melville House, 270 pp., £10.99, November 2010, 978 1 935554 21 9
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... the true nightmare of our century ring completely false.’ Not quite a radical (he isn’t Hanoch Levin, or Yitzhak Laor), Sobol has nonetheless courted political controversy. His play The Jerusalem Syndrome (1988) – the title refers to the malady that has tourists in Israel thinking they’re back in biblical days – incited protests throughout the ...

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