Why Alice Neel’s Radical Humanism Resonates Today.

Alice Neel’s (1900–1984) sweeping show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art comes at a precarious time for women, both in and outside of the art world. The Coronavirus has exposed a lot of our societal weaknesses and women, particularly women of color continue to be the most vulnerable. Last September…

In 1970, American art historian Linda Nochlin was asked, “why have there been no great women artists?” Her response, printed in the January 1971 issue of ARTnews, was a groundbreaking essay and serves as a masterclass in recognizing and rejecting assumptive precepts innocently posed as questions. While this mere eight-word…

THE RELENTLESS STAYING POWER OF WHITE SUPREMACY ENDURES BECAUSE WE LET IT.

One of the first things I learned about white supremacy in the United States is that it is a system without consistent rules. It is amorphous and has one goal only: to persist. The “rules” are made up…

December is the cruelest month because he’s deceptive. He rolls in unexpectedly, spooking you from behind while you are still washing Thanksgiving dishes and chastising yourself for overindulgence. In the very moment you are promising yourself a few weeks — or even days (hours?) — of restraint, December comes up…

December is the cruelest month because he’s deceptive. He rolls in unexpectedly, spooking you from behind while you are still washing Thanksgiving dishes and chastising yourself for overindulgence. In the very moment you are promising yourself a few weeks-or even days (hours?)-of restraint, December comes up from behind, pokes your…

Beth Cavanaugh

Writer, mom, feminist. I write about life at the cross-section of art, politics, and power.

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