When Misery Becomes a Subject for Art

MISÈRE
The Visual Representation of Misery in the 19th Century
By Linda Nochlin
Illustrated. 176 pp. Thames Hudson. $35.

Next time you visit the Whitney Museum of American Art, once you’ve wended your way through the galleries and pulled out your phone on the city-side balconies, make a point of peeking through Renzo Piano’s glass walls into the museum’s staff quarters. Half visible to the public, on the walls of various conference rooms and a staff lounge, is a series of dry-transferred quotations with a distinguished feminist bite. “What if Picasso had been born a girl?” begins one. Another, looking deceptively like an official museum wall text, asks as bluntly as possible: “Why have there been no great women artists?”

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/18/books/review/linda-nochlin-misere.html

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