Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art.
As an art student in the late 1940s and early '50s, I was very much taken up with the "New York School," the Abstract Expressionist artists that included Pollock, Rothko, De Kooning and others. I also knew of some "West Coast" painters like Mark Tobey and Morris Graves. Their work was "different": smaller in size, more outlined in color and, in general, representing imagery more closely linked to nature. I liked the work very much, but found it more difficult to learn more about the artists working in that region. Not only would I have learned about different aesthetic priorities, I would have learned about differing lifestyles on the part of artists.
In Iridescent Light, the art critic Deloris Ament tells the stories of 21 artists who lived and worked in Washington state during the formative years in their careers. The text included photographs taken by Mary Randlett. Artists included in this column are Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Doris Totten Chase, Mary Randlett and others. The stories are beautifully told; the images presented tell of talented and insightful artists drawing upon natural and spiritual values. This book would be a rich source for secondary-school students.--J.J.H. For information about this publication, circle No. 388 on the Reader Service Card.