Friday, September 23, 2016

Very Fine Art Book a new publication on Albert Kotin

Albert Kotin Abstract Expressionsit of the 1950s

Review on By Stootz, Art Lover on September 20, 2016 Format: Library Binding This isn't my first review of a NY School Press book. I get incredibly excited and anxious when I hear a new title comes out. Ms Herskovic's books are incredibly accurate due to her research. Its not what "Joe tells Susan".  Its digging for the truth. What appears is a sumptuous, fact filled, tour d'force. I have always heard of Albert Kotin but had no idea of the breadth of his work. From his easel paintings and murals with the WPA to his breathtaking Abstract Expressionist canvases, you get to see the journey of an incredibly gifted artist. You do not have to know that he was one of the major artists of the New York School and participated in all the Annuals. Just turn the pages and you know you are in the midst of greatness. Large color photographs, over 350 pages, and artist's statements, letters from his famous artist friends, fine portraits, and period photos, take you on a journey through the difficult hard working life of a very special talent!

   Albert Kotin was among the 24 artists:

   -James Brooks, Nicolas Carone, Giorgio Cavallon, Elaine De Kooning, Willem De Kooning, 
   Enrico Donati, John Ferren, Perle Fine, Michael Goldberg (Stuart), Robert Goodnough, 
   Grace Hartigan, Hans Hofmann, Earl Kerkam, Franz Kline, Albert Kotin

   Conrad Marca-Relli,  Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Richard Pousette-Dart, 
   Milton Resnick, James Rosati, Louis Schanker, David Smith, Esteban Vicente-  
   who were chosen out of the total 256 participants and were included in the famous 
   9th St. Show, (1951) and in all the following New York Painting and Sculpture Annuals 
   from 1953 to 1957. These Annuals were important because the participants were selected 
   by the artists themselves.

   Ed. by Marika Herskovic, 
   ​ISBN: 0967799430  
​   New York School Press, 2016. 
   Hardcover  with jacket, 12 x 9 inches, 131 full-page color art reproductions, 
   Printed in Germany,  356 pages, indexes.

   The book can be acquired at:


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