Martica Sawin


Surrealism in Exile and the Beginning of the New York School, MIT Press, 1995
"Martica Sawin gives a vivid and absorbing account of the interaction between the exiled European Surrealists and the Americans who comprised the New York School. At once scholarly and lively, this book combines close attention to detail with a firm sense of the larger issues involved sheds important new light on a curical period in the history of both European and American art."
--Professor Jack Flam

Nell Blaine, Her Art and Life, New York, Hudson Hills Press, 1997
Few would guess on seeing Blaine's ebullient flower paintings and harborside scenes that they were the paintings of an artist paralyzed from the waist down and with little mobility in the upper part of her body. Yet Blaine produced a brilliant body of work and supported herself with the proceed, gaining recognition as one of the outstanding representational painters of her day.

"André Masson in America, from nature as myth to nature experienced," essay in André Masson, 1896-1987. Madrid, Reina Sofia Museum, 2004
During his wartime exile in the United States Surrealist artist André Masson began working from nature in free-flowing fashion on canvases laid flat on the floor. The resulting semi-automatist paintings made an impact on American artists such as Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock.

Selected Works

Art History
The surrealist artists flee wartime Europe and change the course of American art.
An artist triumphs over early seeing disorder, poverty, and crippling polio in mid-life.
Masson flees wartorn Europe for rural Connecticut where the natural surroundings make a transformative impact on his art.