A native New Yorker raised in a progressive environment, Dr. Halasz majored in English at Barnard College, and upon graduation, went to work for Time magazine. For Time, she wrote a cover story on "Swinging London" that was initially controversial but has since become iconic. It also led to her first book, "A Swinger's Guide to London." Subsequently assigned to the Art page of Time, she has since gone back to graduate school in art history, taught the subject, and written about it --as well as authoring "A Memoir of Creativity: abstract painting, politics & the media, 1956-2008." Awarded a gold medal by the Independent Publishers Book Awards, this book has also drawn the following comment from Walter Darby Bannard, distinguished artist & art critic: ".... I know of nothing else that gives a better 'feel' of what it was like to be part of the art world whirlwind of the last four decades in New York.” Dr. Halasz currently writes about art (and, very occasionally, about politics) in her blog, "(An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep" .
A Memoir of Creativity: abstract painting, politics & the media, 1956-2008
A memoir with a purpose: to introduce to a wider public the theory of meaning in abstract painting that the author originally introduced in Arts Magazine in 1983, and that has since gained at least a modicum of currency. Not so incidentally, the narrative also deals with the author's experiences as a writer on Time magazine, and her involvement in the Manhattan art scene over the past four decades, including her friendship with the distinguished but still controversial art critic, Clement Greenberg.
Awards and Recognition
- Gold medal in category of publishing, Independent Publishers Book Awards
Press and Media Mentions
- Keith Miller, TLS. “This self-published memoir....contains about three potentially interesting shorter narratives....As a young reporter on Time, [Halasz] sent dispatches home from Swinging London in the mid-60s. As an art historian, critic and blogger, she has formulated and promoted a distinctive theory of ‘multireferentiality’....the book contains strong insights and, in places, good writing....Halasz’s journalistic skills....stand out.”