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See this now: “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” at Seattle Art Museum

An exhibition of women’s art? In 2012? Isn’t that just the slightest bit … well, anachronistic? Perhaps not: as I write this a Republican presidential ticket that intends to reverse women’s rights to the pre-feminist dark ages is vying neck-and-neck with President Obama, so perhaps the simple statement, “Hey, there are great women […]

Read this now: “Happenings: New York, 1958-1963” by Mildred Glimcher

It’s been a long while since I featured a book review here, but every now and then something really special comes along.

Some ASfwSS readers will be aware that shortly before the dawn of time, I first arrived in New York City as a graduate research student. The topic of my research was precisely […]

“Thrilling and completely gratifying.” – Robert Ayers in conversation with Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (Photo: Susan Alzner)

Carolee Schneemann was one of the first artists I met when I arrived in the United States in 1979. I was 25 years old, and I am ashamed to admit I knew little about feminist art in those days, or about Ms Schneemann herself. As I have told […]

“I was very fortunate in coming to New York at a time before things got out of control.” Robert Ayers in conversation with Claes Oldenburg.

Claes Oldenburg, 1997 [full photo credits can be found at the foot of this post]

Last Tuesday I wrote here that “50 Years at Pace” was “without a doubt the best gallery show opening this week – and probably this year, to be frank.” The four Pace galleries are littered with some of the […]