Regardless of what the curators and "decision-makers" of today's art scene are looking for, Amaranth Ehrenhalt is not waiting for anyone's validation. "I know what I want to do," she said resolutely, "and I'm my own best critic."
And in neighboring spaces are a 17-foot-high black wax-surfaced American flag sculpture that appears to be crashing through the gallery's floor and a poignantly solemn detail image of the riderless horse that led JFK's funeral procession.
Today at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a new installation in our 20th century galleries is brimming with great works by women. These range from a Miriam Schapiro "femmage" to one of Susan Rothenberg's breakthrough horse paintings of the mid-1970s.
Artists speak the same language, that of the studio, enabling them to ask questions that get beyond basic biography and into the how and why. Enjoy these 10 virtual visits to the Whitney, the Armory Art Fair, artists' studios and exhibitions.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me make holiday shopping easier for you and suggest that, instead of the torture of shopping in the crowded malls, you might want to escape into an old-fashioned heaven of a book store.
What would it look like if we could all walk around with MRI scans hovering above our heads as we took in art? Do different parts of our brains light up when we're taking in a beautiful painting or coveting a cashmere coat?
On 9/11, my survival instinct suggested that a celebration of good art is ultimately the best way to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel. Even if the tunnel is long and dark, and the light is, at first, rather difficult to perceive.