Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art Hardcover – Sep 11 2010
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"The many fans of the group will feel vindicated by the overdue appearance of a book about them and will admire this work's beautiful reproductions." (Journal of Canadian Art History 2010-12-01)
"Nowell may be the best-placed writer in the country to get us inside Painters Eleven given her time spent with Hodgson and her many years as Harold Town's companion." (Toronto Star 2010-09-15)
"Painters Eleven is the perfect gift. At a hefty 364 pages, it is packed with what easily could be magazine cover features on each of the 11 abstract artists who helped hoe conservative 'Toronto the Good' into fertile land for contemporary art to grow." (Telegraph Journal 2010-09-18)
"Painters Eleven, a loosely coherent organization only from 1953 to 1958, may have been the last chapter of modernism in western art, soon to be swept aside by Pop Art. This book will...remain definitive." (Times Colonist 2010-09-26)
"Painters Eleven works beautifully as a traditional art book. It has more than 200 admirable colour reproductions...[and expresses the] dream of a society brought to life by artists." (National Post 2010-09-28)
"It's about time that the talented and daring artists of Painters Eleven have their lives and work celebrated. You do not want to miss this book; even the cover is a work of art." (Arabella Magazine 2010-10-01)
"Nowell has given us a coffee table book with benefits...she peppers the text with chatty anecdotes, biographic details and telling character descriptions." (Maclean's 2010-10-11)
"In Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, author Iris Nowell brings to life the turbulent rise of an often overlooked period of Canadian art history -- Abstract Expressionism...Painters Eleven is an intimate look at a previously unexplored subject matter." (International Architecture & Design 2010-12-01)
About the Author
Iris Nowell is the author of six books as well as countless newspaper and magazine articles on topics ranging from sports to social issues. She was the first of the new generation of women to write on the sports pages of The Globe and Mail. Her subsequent work includes the well-received Women Who Give Away Millions: Portraits of Canadian Philanthropists and the artist biography Joyce Wieland: A Life in Art and her memoir Hot Breakfast for Sparrows: My Life with Harold Town. Nowell lives in Toronto.
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I obtained an excellent "feel" for each artist...his or her character, lifestyle, temperament, strengths and weaknesses, living environment and background. One obvious strength of the book is the credible nature of the information presented as Ms Nowell had intimate personal knowledge of the artists. It all rings true.
The writing is colourful but not exaggerated, spirited, articulate and suffused with bonhomie and appropriate restraint when indicated. Each artist would be pleased and proud of their respective descriptions and honesty in their depictions.
The footnotes are helpfully explanatory when necessary, the "Selected Exhibitions" history adds to the scholarly standing and the bibliography and index establish the substantial worth of the enterprise.
The brilliance of an art book must be the works of art. Their glorious reproductions is unsurpassed. Superb editing, meticulous proof reading, gorgeous graphic layout and the superior quality of paper are just some of the wonderful features that set this book apart.
The overwhelming feeling one gets is the excitement these artists brought to the scene during their lifetimes. Their presence today may be even greater and will continue to resonate in the history of Canadian and world art, for as long as there is art. Perhaps my best summation is "joyous"......for the lives lived, for Nowell's exhaustive research and revelations to the wider world and the thrilling works of art brought to the attention of art lovers everywhere.
Iris introduces us to 11 amazing artists who have largely been forgotten by the general public - tres triste.
A beautiful book to look at and read. Amazing photos of great art.