Book cover of Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York by Alexander Nemerovby Alexander Nemerov

A National Book Critics Circle finalist • One of Vogue‘s Best Books of the Year

A dazzling biography of one of the twentieth century’s most respected painters, Helen Frankenthaler, as she came of age as an artist in postwar New York

“The magic of Alexander Nemerov’s portrait of Helen Frankenthaler in 
Fierce Poise is that it reads like one of Helen’s paintings. His poetic descriptions of her work and his rich insights into the years when Helen made her first artistic breakthroughs are both light and lush, seemingly easy and yet profound. His book is an ode to a truly great artist who, some seventy years after this story begins, we are only now beginning to understand.” ―Mary Gabriel, author of Ninth Street Women

Interview with the Author

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‘Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler And 1950s New York’: Alexander Nemerov Explores Artist’s Life During Transformative Decade
8/20/21           36 min

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Alexander Nemerov, “Fierce Poise: Helen Frankenthaler and 1950s New York” (Penguin Press, 2021)
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