Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography of the iconic American painter by Gail Levin, Professor of 20th Century American Art at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, has been selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “five best” artist biographies ever. Levin’s book, originally published by Knopf in 1995, was reissued in an expanded edition with 100 new color photos last April. In The Wall Street Journal, Levin finds herself in some illustrious company with Edward Hopper joining such works as John Richardson’s two-volume biography of Pablo Picasso and Fiona McCarthy’s portrait of William Morris.
Busy as always, Professor Levin recently lectured on Edward Hopper at the Corcoran Institute in Washington D.C. An exhibition of her Hopper-related photos, “Hopper’s Places and Other Cape Cod Connections,” is currently on view at the local Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts.
Looking forward, Levin reports that she is well into the research for a new biography of the Abstract Expressionist Lee Krasner whose work was long overshadowed by that of her more famous spouse, Jackson Pollock. (Movie-goers will remember Marcia Gay Harden’s Academy Award-winning performance of Krasner in the film Pollock.)
Levin will continue her research on Krasner this fall at the Roosevelt Center in the Netherlands, a research institute where she will hold a Distinguished Fulbright Chair. As part of her duties there, she will deliver guest lectures in Ghent and Utrecht on Judy Chicago, the radical feminist artist who was the subject of her most recent book. Lee Krasner, who Levin considered a personal friend, was at one time a Works Progress Administration artist and hence connected to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration — a connection Levin will be exploring while in the Netherlands.