Then and Now, Now and Then Book by Jo Ann Rothschild


We are excited to offer the book of "Unstretched Canvases, 1989-2006" by Boston artist Jo Ann Rothschild.  

Jo Ann Rothschild's work has been exhibited in Berlin, Chicago, Havana and New York. She received the first Maud Morgan Purchase Prize awarded by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has taught at Tufts University and the University at Massachusetts of Boston. She founded the art program at Pine Street Inn, where she taught for eleven years.

The book was just published in 2022, and includes 82 beautiful color illustrations and an essay by Susan L. Stoops, ex-curator of Contemporary Art at the Worcester Art Museum, and at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University.  It's the first volume to document a remarkable body of paintings, prints and works on paper that Rothschild created during a pivotal period of her career.   This artist-conceived publication offers two mutually respectful approaches to the work, one from the outside in, and the other from the inside out.   In the curator's section, Susan L. Stoops astutely probes the feminist objectives, innovative formal strategies and deeply felt political concerns of the work. (...) In the artist's section, Rothschild annotates a different selection of artworks, with her personal reflections on their genesis and content - commentary that ranges from her admiration for other artists to her condemnation of CIA atrocities.   During the universally shared isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic, this book serves a s a fortifying and affirming virtual visit to the studio of a gifted artist, in animated conversation with a perceptive curator. 

"Over the course of nearly two decades (1989-2006), Jo Ann Rothschild defied the expectations and peers and resisted one of the primary conventions of paintings: she experimented with the unorthodox practice of working on a large-scale un-stretched canvases. Looking back, the evolution of this work, genuinely ambitious in myriad ways, is a testament to the obstacle course the artist successfully navigated, both personally and professionally. Rothschild's abstract canvases bear a rich repertoire of marks (including some scars) - from assured gestures to tentative touches,  from intentional juxtapositions to serendipitous occurrences -generated by her lived experiences, humanitarian core, and impassioned engagement with the world." -Susan L. Stoops

Printed in the USA. Hard Cover. 136 pages.  11" x 10".


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