Books by Jan Greenberg

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An excellent, eye-opening exploration perfectly pitched to its audience. (bibliography, notes, list of artworks) (Biography. 10-14)"
An introduction to the work of artist Cindy Sherman, illustrated with dozens of her photographs. Read full book review >
THE MAD POTTER by Jan Greenberg
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fascinating introduction to an innovative artist worthy of a more effective text. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Greenberg and Jordan bring to life George E. Ohr, a 19th-century American potter largely unknown today and not especially successful in his own day. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

In an immoderately engaging profile of arguably the most visible and widely known public artists alive today, Greenberg and Jordan retrace the duo's career and capture a sense of the wonder that their large-scale projects evoke. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"Ambitious but muzzy. (introduction, map, credits, index) (Poetry. YA)"
Unlike Greenberg's companion volume, Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art (2001), this compilation lacks cohesion. Read full book review >
ANDY WARHOL by Jan Greenberg
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"By the end, the man and the myth have become one—Warhol would've liked that. (full-color insert of selected art, chronology, glossary, filmography, bibliography, notes, sources) (Biography. YA)"
A riveting biography of one of the late-20th-century's most fascinating and inscrutable figures. Read full book review >
ROMARE BEARDEN by Jan Greenberg
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The volume is a companion to an upcoming retrospective at the National Gallery of Art that will travel to several other cities through 2005. (author's note, chronology, bibliography, glossary) (Nonfiction. 4-8)"
Bearden grew up in North Carolina, and his memories of his neighborhood and countryside, quilting bees, cotton picking, picnics, and revival meetings are well-known subjects of his collage art. Read full book review >
ACTION JACKSON by Jan Greenberg
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"This stunning collaboration is both a tour de force and an uncommon pleasure. (Picture book/biography. 6+)"
Art history specialists Greenberg and Jordan (Boston Globe/Horn Book-winning Chuck Close, Up Close, 1998; Sibert Honor-winning Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of An Artist, 2001) have again pushed the nonfiction envelope with this astonishing biography cum evocation of action painter and abstract expressionist icon Jackson Pollock. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"But the reader who wants insight into the life of this remarkable painter will find it in this lively, beautifully written biography. (Biography. 11-14)"
In this fine introduction to the life of van Gogh, Greenberg and Jordan (Frank O. Gehry: Inside Out, 2000, etc.) make excellent use of the artist's letters to infuse the biography with his voice. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"A beautiful volume that brings words and pictures together in wonderful tributes from artist to artist. (Nonfiction. All ages)"
This unusual poetry anthology is a compilation of 43 contemporary poets' responses to self-selected images, ranging from photographs to sculpture. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Oversized and handsome, the book's design communicates volumes; it's an eclectic mix of fonts and colors, enlivened with ghost images, sidebars, drawings, and photos. (glossary, bibliography, list of building locations) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Art history specialists Greenberg and Jordan (Chuck Close, Up Close, 1998, etc.) unite again for an exciting, free wheeling mix of biography and architectural primer, taking readers from the outside to inside the life and work of the acclaimed yet controversial bad boy of international architecture—Frank O. Gehry. Read full book review >
CHUCK CLOSE, UP CLOSE by Jan Greenberg
Released: March 1, 1998

"In closing with a chapter on the history of portraiture that compares Close's works to those of other painters, the volume captures both the originality of Close's artwork, and the steady gifts of its creator. (glossary, bibliography) (Biography. 14+)"
On the heels of John Guare's biography for adult readers, Chuck Close: Life and Work 19881995 (1995)—which covers Close's work since 1988, when a collapsed spinal artery left Close paralyzed below the shoulders—comes a biography from Greenberg and Jordan (The American Eye, 1995, etc.) that profiles the artist's entire life. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Lists of the works and their locations supplement the back matter and make this laudable work essential for most collections. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A remarkable biographical study of American artists that boldly links their works to their lives—a readable collection that allows researchers and others to see how an artist's personality is intertwined with the art he or she produces. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Handsome and inspiring—with a useful essay on contemporary art movements; 24 biographical notes on the sculptors; excellent four-page glossary with references to works cited; full citations for the art; list of sculpture gardens; bibliography (sources); index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A companion to The Painter's Eye (1991, ALA Notable) that's equally enriching, intelligently organized, and provocative. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"Thumbnail sketches of the artists, grouped by seven movements (abstract expressionism, minimalism, pop, etc.); glossary; bibliography; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
Examining carefully selected, crisply reproduced works by 21 modern Americans, the authors develop an intelligent approach to appreciation based on awareness of the artists' techniques and intentions. Read full book review >