RedDot Podcast | Episode 022 | An Interview with Ninth Street Women Author Mary Gabriel

Many of you know that I love art history and deeply enjoy reading about the artists who made  history. Earlier in the year I had a number of you reach out to me and recommend that I pick up Ninth Street Women, a new book that tells the story of five women who were fundamental in shaping Abstract Expressionism, but who have been neglected by art history.

I was hesitant at first because I’ve already read and learned so much about this period, but as the recommendations kept coming in I finally decided I better see why this book was receiving so much attention. I picked up a copy and am so glad I did. Ninth Street Women opened up a whole new understanding of the period for me.

In this episode of RedDotPodcast, I’m joined by the author of Ninth Street Women, Mary Gabriel. In the book Mary tells the fascinating story of Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. Mary’s book is captivating – epic in its story, intimate in its details. In our discussion, Mary tells how she came to write the book, and gives an introduction to the story of the struggles and triumphs of these five amazing women.

Pick up your copy of Ninth Street Women on Amazon or at your favorite bookseller!

Have you Read Ninth Street Women?

Share your thoughts about the book and my interview with Mary Gabriel in the comments below!

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. I have been recommending this book to all my artist friends. I have not finished reading it (I am a slow yet thorough reader:) and love it. It is so inspiring and the writing is beautiful.

  2. I was in the New York Studio School in the late 60’s early 70’s. Lee Krasner was one of the artists that came to give students critiques.

    Mercedes Matter was my drawing teacher and founder of the school. It gave me a good base to start as a painter.

  3. Thank you for posting this podcast and this excellent interview with Marie Gabriel. In my circle of fellow women painters in Toronto, we have been discussing this book and we have certainly been re-inspired by these important artists!

  4. I have read Ninth Street Women and now I am listening to it. and I believe this is a must read for all. Artists and non artists alike. It took me a long time to read as I chose to research as I was reading (love that we have that availability so readily today). And now, listening to it brings a whole new level. Ninth Street Women is a valuable tool, and I learned so much, not just about art but history. I found that I related to the artists and I see history relating to today. Thank you Mary Gabriel for writing this book and thank you so much Jason for doing this interview and sharing with us. beautiful!

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