Tatyana Grosman: A Scrapbook by Riva Castleman
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Tatyana Grosman (1904-1982) founded Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in 1957 and immediately began to make lithographs with some of the most important artists of the 1960s, such as Larry Rivers, Sam Francis, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg—sparking a revival of printmaking in America. A Scrapbook tells Grosman's extraordinary story through a collection of over 500 images, historical documents and interviews.
Born in the Siberian boomtown of Ekaterinburg, Grosman and her family fled the Bolsheviks and settled in Germany. There she married a poor Jewish painter with whom she later left Bohemian Paris to escape the Nazis, crossing the Pyrenees on foot. Eventually, Grosman landed in New York, where she became, for many years, the doyenne of ULAE. Her mission was nothing less than to expand the international reputation of American art. This compelling and beautifully designed volume is compiled by noted historian and Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Riva Castleman.
I love this book.
It's a compelling life story of art and survival. And the scrapbook format made it fun to read. I could tap every item to enlarge it.
This is an intimate view of the inspiring, creative and artistic life of Taytana Grosman. It's also a great use of digital media - worth it!
This is an important book that documents the life and work of Tatyana Grosman. Grosman, along with her publishing company ULAE, revolutionized the field of American print making. Her dedication and passion led to remarkable works by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Lee Bontecou, Barnett Newman, and others. As an academic, I am most appreciative of the way in which the archival material is presented. The scrapbook is both beautiful and remarkably enlightening.