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Cleve Gray
Weber, Nicholas Fox, 1947-
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New York : H.N. Abrams, 1998.
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168 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 x 28 cm
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ND237.G6165 W43 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This is a retrospective study of the work of painter Cleve Gray (born 1918) who began his artistic career in the late-1940s and 50s when Abstract Expressionism was appearing through the New York art scene. This book combines biography and critical analysis, based on interviews with Gray and visits to his studio.

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Booklist Review

In writing Cleve Gray, Weber has managed to achieve something quite rare in art books: he has managed to write with genuine affection and admiration for his subject without falling into the trap of hagiography. And it's no wonder given Weber's knowledge of art--he has curated exhibitions at the Guggenheim and is director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation--and his longtime friendship with the artist. Weber provides an intimate account of Gray's life and career as an American abstract painter. Born in 1918 in New York City, Gray's career and artistic development paralleled the rise of the Abstract Expressionists and the Color Field Painters. His most famous work remains Threnody (1973)--a huge multipaneled mural that captured the country's brooding, passionate response to the horrors of the Vietnam War. "I know perfectly well art does not move the world; it doesn't change society. But it can help to elevate the human spirit," says Gray. And thanks to Weber's lovingly prepared book, readers now have the opportunity to enjoy Gray's oeuvre of vibrant, luminous paintings. --Veronica Scrol

Choice Review

Weber's full-length study is the first of Connecticut contemporary painter Gray, whose works deserve to be better known. Gray's work hangs in numerous museums around the country, and he has exhibited widely. A frequent contributor to Art in America, The American Scholar, and The Partisan Review, he is still not well known, perhaps because he has refused to follow any of the last 50 year's trends in painting. Weber (director, Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation; author of several books on modern art) makes the case that while he has never been on the cutting edge of any of the innovations in modern painting, Gray has taken the innovations of others and brought them to now heights, particularly with his Threnody of 1972, a response to the horrors of the Vietnam War. Weber's text is sometimes repetitive but also lively and informative. He interviewed Gray on numerous occasions and quotes the painter at length, a fact future scholars will no doubt appreciate. Some 95 illustrations (85 in full color); thorough chronology and bibliography by George Lechner (archivist, Cleve Gray Collection; art history, Univ. of Hartford). Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. M. W. Sullivan; Villanova University