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Alive StillNell Blaine, American Painter$
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Cathy Curtis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908812.001.0001

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Alive Still

Cathy Curtis

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Nell made several visits to Griffin’s farmhouse in the Austrian Tyrol, capturing the glorious view in her paintings. Like all her trips abroad, they involved enormous preparatory efforts and airlines unequipped to deal with a disabled person. In 1976, she moved to the Fischbach Gallery, where her shows continued to be well reviewed. But in an interview, she sounded skeptical about gains for women in art and expressed hostility to the art world’s love of “aggression” and “novelty.” Nell’s micromanagement style was part of her need to feel in control. During the winter months, the friend who was Nell’s housesitter in Gloucester received many demanding, complaining letters. In the late 1960s, Nell returned to printmaking to make a lithograph for a book commemorating Frank O’Hara. A deluxe version of her sketchbook, printed in Italy according to her detailed specifications, was published in 1986 with an introduction by John Ashbery.

Keywords:   Austrian Tyrol, Fischbach Gallery, art world, Gloucester, sketchbook, John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara

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