Books by Sandra Jordan

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 >
BALLET FOR MARTHA by Jan Greenberg
FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Archival photographs embellish the biographical notes at the end—a lovely touch. (bibliography, notes) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
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 >
MR. AND MRS. PORTLY, AND THEIR LITTLE DOG, SNACK by Sandra Jordan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Many wags and woofs for the art but fewer for the wordy text and predictable ending. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Does Mr. Portly like dogs?" asks the cashier. Read full book review >
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE by Jan Greenberg
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
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 >
ANDY WARHOL by Jan Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
ACTION JACKSON by Jan Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
VINCENT VAN GOGH by Jan Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
FRANK O. GEHRY: OUTSIDE IN by Jan Greenberg
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
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
BEDTIME BOOK
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 >
DOWN ON CASEY'S FARM by Sandra Jordan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"At Casey's farm, the days are always summer and the light a shade of gold. (Picture book. 2-6)"
 Casey's farm is in his backyard: His animal creatures are toys, a wooden box his barn. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN EYE by Jan Greenberg
BIOGRAPHY
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 >
THE SCULPTOR'S EYE by Jan Greenberg
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
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 >
HISTORY
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 >