Art Critics

Why Not Watch a 21-Minute Video of a Lucy Lippard Talk This Friday Afternoon?


I just did, and really enjoyed it. It’s of a lecture that the redoubtable critic gave last Saturday at the Creative Time Summit called “Location/Dislocation.” Lots of good stuff here, including discussion of topics like rural gentrification and land art as “a pseudo rural art.” Also, spoiler alert, she reveals that Tom Ford is one of her neighbors in New Mexico. He lives on a 25,000-acre ranch. (That’s about 39 square miles.) Read More


Origin Stories: ‘Materializing ‘‘Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art’ and Mickalene Thomas at the Brooklyn Museum; Rosemarie Trockel and Judith Bernstein at the New Museum

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Mickalene Thomas, Din Une Tres Belle Negresse 2, 2012

A century and a half ago, Gustave Courbet painted a close-up, spread-eagled view of a woman’s genitals and called it The Origin of the World. It is one sign of the extent to which women artists have taken ownership of such male-created images that no fewer than three major New York museum exhibitions of works by mid- and late-career women artists feature variations on Courbet’s erotic classic. In the past year, both this newspaper and The Economist have reported on the lingering inequities between women’s work and men’s on the art market. That may still be true, but, at least in New York, museums are doing their part—and that may eventually set things straight. Read More


Celebrating Feminism (and Getting Drunk on Mead) at the Brooklyn Museum Gala

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Mia Moretti DJing. Don't really remember this bit.

The Brooklyn Museum’s annual Artists Ball gala was held on the fifth anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on the museum’s fourth floor. The lobby was filled with more than a few intimidating presences for the occasion. Gloria Steinem stood a bit hidden behind the press check-in and had a long line of admirers waiting to hold court with her; Marisa Tomei wore a gold chain that read BROOKLYN spelled out in cursive and said that feminist art “touches your soul”; Judy Chicago, the artist behind the Sackler Center’s permanent installation The Dinner Party, wore bright green and pink and stuck out of the crowd. Read More