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Emerging from the Shadows, Vol. IV: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960

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Emerging from the Shadows, Vol. IV: A Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860-1960

Maurine St. Gaudens

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This is volume 4: S-Z, of a four-volume set. The complete four-volume set presents the careers of 320 women artists working in California, with more than 2,000 images, over the course of a century. Their work encompasses a broad range of styles—from the realism of the nineteenth century to the modernism of the twentieth—and of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration and print-making. While some of the profiled artists are already well known, others have been previously ignored or largely forgotten. Yet all had serious careers as artists: they studied, exhibited, and won awards. These women were trailblazers, each one essential to the momentum of a movement that opened the door for heartfelt expression and equality. Much of the information and many of the images in the book have never before been published. Artists are presented alphabetically; also included are additional primary sources that put the artists’ work in context.

Size: 9″ x 12″ | 500-plus color images | 336 pp
ISBN13: 9780764348877 | Binding: hard cover

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Maurine St. Gaudens grew up surrounded by art. She is the granddaughter of noted San Francisco jeweler Maurice St. Gaudens and the third-cousin of the legendary sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. As a respected historian, scholar, and proponent of the arts, Maurine has spent her life dedicated to the pursuit and recognition of artists, many virtually unknown. A highly regarded fine arts conservator, she is a member of the American Institute of Conservators and the Western Association for Art Conservation. She has completed conservation work for the Los Angeles Unified School District, the California Institute of Technology, the Pasadena Museum of History, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and countless private collections, galleries, and public institutions. She has also served as an art consultant to the estates of artists Jean Mannheim, Frank Tolles Chamberlin, and Sam Hyde Harris. Maurine serves as the administrator of the Sam Hyde Harris Estate and, as such, promotes and preserves Harris’ legacy. Maurine has also curated numerous exhibitions, including Who Was Sam? Sam Hyde Harris 1889-1977 at the Pasadena Museum of History in 2007. She was the editor and principal author of Sam Hyde Harris, 1889-1977, A Retrospective. A Pictorial Biography of His Life and Work.

“This title is essential for all academic libraries and public libraries with strong collections in art, women’s history, and history of the western United States.” -ARLISNA.org, Rebecca Kohn, Associate Librarian, San Jose State University Library

“Almost since the Gold Rush, California women played a vital role in the state’s artistic scene, contributing mightily not only through their own production, but through their roles as teachers, jurors, and cultural leaders…Yet today, few of these artists are known, even within California itself, and rare is the woman whose art is known beyond the boundaries of the state. The abundance of biographies and illustrations in Emerging from the Shadows: a Survey of Women Artists Working in California, 1860–1960, beautifully helps rectify this, renewing our appreciation of those few artists who are known, and providing long-overdue acknowledgement of the many who are not.” — -Scott A. Shields, PhD, Associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Art Museum

“Emerging from the Shadows is a treasure-trove of information that will impress scholars and collectors as well as the general public. It has long been acknowledged that the female population has been as significant a force in the advancement of civilization as her male counterpart, but that historical accounts have usually omitted her from even passing references. Now there is a book, more of an encyclopedia, with coverage of 320 artists that will bring the women of California to the fore.” —Dr. Ilene Susan Fort, author of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (2012), and The Gail and John Liebes Senior Curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“The California art community is truly fortunate to have California native Maurine St. Gaudens as one of its active members. Maurine has dedicated most of her life to the promotion of the fine arts and her determination to introduce the public to individual artists, particularly to deserving women in the field…This publication will only serve to elevate Maurine’s reputation in the art world and those of the women artists profiled.” —Phil Kovinick, Historian and Co-Author with Marian Yoshiki-Kovinick of An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West