Publications

Polly Thayer Starr’s artwork appeared widely in publications during her lifetime. Her work is still regularly reproduced in exhibition catalogues, scholarly articles, and archival materials. Below is a partial list of current and historical publications where her work appears.

Commonwealth Ave in the Snow, 1991.

Publications in Chronological Order

A History of the Pat Roche Hospice Home: Background and Recollections of Polly Thayer Starr. NVNA and Hospice, January 2020.

Polly Thayer Starr and the Alchemy of Painting. Rockport Art Association and Museum. Exhibition Catalogue, October–November 2017.

Curtis, Judith. Polly Thayer Starr and the Alchemy of Painting. American Art Review, September–October 2017.

Still Life From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Tradition and Innovation. Exhibition Catalogue, the B.M. Theocharkis Foundation for the Visual Arts and Music (Athens, Greece). February 14 – April 28, 2013.

Beyond a Woman’s Place: Pioneers in American Art. Exhibition Catalogue, Vose Galleries, Boston, MA. March 17 – April 28, 2012.

O’Shaughnessy, Tracey. “New Britain Museum Lets Them Be the Practitioners.” Republican-American, January 12, 2011.

Women Artists @ New Britain Museum. Exhibition Catalogue, December 18, 2010 – March 20, 2011, New Britain Museum of American Art. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England.

Middleton, Faith and Douglas Highland. “The New Britain Museum of American Art&rdquo (radio interview), The Faith Middleton Show, December 16, 2010.

Smee, Sebastian. “Finding the Wit in ‘Shopping for Furs.&rsquo.” Boston Globe, June 22, 2010.

Prychodko, Nicholas. “Getting to the Essence: The Life and Art of Polly Thayer.”The Social Register Observer, 2007.

Vose Family. “Polly Thayer (Starr): An Appreciation.” The Best of Art Notes, In Celebration of Our 165th Year Boston: Vose Galleries, 2006; see also Marcia L. Vose, “Carving Out a Professional Life: The Stories of Three Generations of Women Artists” in the same volume.

Carsten, Robert K. “Polly Thayer Starr.” Pastel Journal, October 2005: 28-35.

Vose Galleries. Centennial Exhibition: Polly Thayer Starr, A Celebration of the Artist’s 100th Birthday. Boston: Vose Galleries, 2004; with illustrations, and essay, “Liberating the Bridge,” by Dorothy Koval.

Lightman, Jean G., Paul Ingbretson and Ellen E. Roberts. “A Woman’s Perspective at the Guild of Boston Artists.’ American Art Review. October 2001: XIII, 5, 118-127.

Temin, Christine. “Portrait in Determination.” Boston Sunday Globe August 19,2001.

Poetry of Hand and Spirit: Paintings and Drawings by Polly Thayer (Starr). Boston: Vose Galleries, 2001; with illustrations and biographical essay, “Poetry of Hand and Spirit,” by Dorothy Koval.

Russo, Valerie. “Polly Thayer’s Century of Art.” Patriot Ledger Quincy MA July 21, 2001.

Gerdts, William H. and Nancy Hall-Duncan. “The Great American Nude.” American Art Review August 2002: 160-165.

Grob, Mollie C. “Reflections: One’s Life Work; Polly Thayer Starr’s Conversation with Mollie C. Grob.” Brookhaven Voice Lexington, MA: March, 2001.

Hirshler, Erica. A Studio of Her Own: Women Artists in Boston 1870-1940. Boston: MFA Publications, 2001.

Mary Bradish Titcomb and Her Contemporaries: The Artists of Fenway Studios. Exhibition Catalogue, May 30-July 31, 1998. Fenway Studios, Boston, MA.

Archives of American Art (Robert F. Brown and Polly Thayer Starr). Oral history interview with Polly Thayer, May 12, 1995-Feb. 1, 1996, Smithsonian Institution.

Beane, Lise. “Peak Experiences.” Cambridge Current Cambridge, MA, April 21, 1995

Montminy, Judith. “Reflections on a Life at the Easel.” Boston Globe March 12, 1995.

Burgard, Timothy Anglin. “Polly Thayer and May Sarton: Portrait of the Artists as Young Women.” Harvard University Art Museums Review 1994.

The Cyclamen with Bee. Pastel on paper.
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