Louisville Modern: an era in art by Madeline Covi, Gail R. Gilbert, Warren Payne, and Lynn Scholl Renau, tells the story of the art scene in the Louisville, Kentucky-Southern Indiana area from the 1940s through the 1960s. It is both a personal account and an art-historical overview of a period that many categorize now as Mid-century Modern.

The book begins with the story of Madeline Covi, who experienced that scene firsthand. Her essay is followed by biographies of some of the artists who played major roles, some of whom went on to international renown and some of whom are still active. It was an interesting period. The art community was made up of woman’s club members, so-called society matrons, “Sunday painters,” housewives, commercial artists, university kids and their teachers, African Americans, GI Bill veterans and refugees from German oppression. It was a story that needed telling.

Artists discussed in the Covi essay include: Carl Brenner, Marcia Hite, Morris Belknap Jr., Worden Day, Juro Kubicek, Carl Holty, Edgard Pillet, Wayne Begley, Sally Drummond, Robert Carter, Ken Young, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Zalon, Leo Zimmerman, Constantin Brancusi, Franzee Dolbeare, Boris Margo, Carlos Merida, Charles Crodel, Charles James Wright, Donald Anderson, Aaron Siskin, Robert Doherty, Dan Boles, Gilles Giantini, Sam Richards, Tom and Virginia Marsh, Karl Martz and Heiki Seppa.

Artist biographies include: Maud Ainslie, Mary Louise Baringer, Fayette Barnum, Lou Block, Barney Bright, Orville Carroll, Paul Childers, Henry Chodkowski, G.C. Coxe, Mary Ann Currier, Lucy Diecks, William L. Fischer, Marguerite Gifford, Sam Gilliam, Charles Goodwin, Mary Alice Hadley, Ed Hamilton, The Hennings, The Kohlhepps. Romuald Kraus, Eugene "Bud" Leake Jr., Doris Leist, Alma Lesch, Frank Long, Marion Long, LaVerne Mahorney, Mary Spencer Nay, Jane Morton Norton, The Petersons, Paul Plaschke, John Prangnell, Charlotte Price, Martin Shallenberger, Walter Sorge, Bob Thompson, Ann Troutman, Ulfert Wilke, Constance Clark Willis and Wolf Zingraff. Paperback, 105 pages.

Louisville Modern: an era in art