Books 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: Aug. 3, 2010

Appalachian Spring, the modern dance that celebrates the wedding of a Pioneer Woman and her Husbandman, is a brillantly conceived and enduring paean to American frontier life. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The authors (The Sculptor's Eye, 1993, etc.) have assembled an eclectic group: Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Eva Hesse, Edward Hopper, Isamu Noguchi, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Andy Warhol. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1993

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

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. From its elegantly simple title-page spread—bold, harmoniously combined sans-serif types balanced by a Lichtenstein painting that spells ``ART''—this is a notably handsome book that impels the reader to take a fresh look. Read full book review >