Ellen Phelan: From the Lives of Dolls

Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 1992. First Edition. INSCRIBED on the title page from artist Ellen Phelan to noted curator Brenda Richardson, "Ellen Phelan / for Brenda - / with love and / admiration." Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition which opened at the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on November 7, 1992 and closed at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu on May 30, 1993.

One of the most distinguished art curators and historians of the twentieth century, Brenda Richardson began her career at the University Art Museum in Berkeley (1964-1975), and went on to become the chief curator at the Baltimore Museum Art between 1975 and 1998. An unapologetic champion of contemporary art, she curated well over 70 major exhibitions for the BMA, the high spots being notable stagings for Frank Stella, Brice Marden, Barnett Newman, and Bruce Nauman. She also curated the 1985 exhibition of the Cone Collection, the BMA's prized centerpiece, which contains over 3000 works, including 600 pieces by Matisse, as well as work by Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, and others. She has authored and contributed to dozens of books on contemporary art, and John Waters, one of the most significant thinkers in the world of contemporary art, considers Richardson to be his mentor.

Fine and unread with no dust jacket as issued.


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