one piece to hold them all: ukraine – womens day – artist – [patriarchy – missing herstory – appropriations] #janetsobel . . .

one piece to hold them all: ukraine – womens day – artist – [patriarchy – missing herstory – appropriations] #janetsobel . . .

March 8 2022

ukraine – international womens day – artist
[patriarchy – missing herstory – appropriations]

interesting article from the BBC culture pages (with its own set of unconscious belittlings) of yet another “forgotten” female artist of note: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20220307-janet-sobel-the-woman-written-out-of-history?ocid=fbcul

“modern art has a problem” . . .  

(always has and its not just janet)

“… the art critic Clement Greenberg admitted to visiting the exhibition with Pollock and that the two “noticed one or two curious paintings shown at Peggy Guggenheim’s by a ‘primitive’ painter, Janet Sobel (who was, and still is, a housewife living in Brooklyn)”. Putting to one side Greenberg’s derisory instinct to belittle the status and achievement of Sobel (“curious”, “primitive”, “housewife”), what he goes on to acknowledge places beyond doubt the enduring significance of the encounter: ‘Pollock (and I myself) admired these pictures rather furtively… The effect – and it was the first really ‘all-over’ one that I had ever seen… – was strangely pleasing. Later on, Pollock admitted that these pictures had made an impression on him.”‘

 the article ends with:  “Her enduring genius can still be mapped in the innumerable knots and infinite coils of pigment with which Pollock will proceed to intertwine his more famous canvases – endlessly weaving her spirit into the tangled firmament of art history.”

can she not be acknowledged in her own space and right without having to be “mapped” and “endlessly woven” into Pollacks canvases (which she surely might probably be. also. ) . . . ? sigh

 

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