In spite of Donald Trump and his kind, the art world is filled with talented women. This weekend I spent a little time talking with Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn (Salon 94), Amalia Dayan (Luxembourg Dayan) and Pilar Ordovas (Ordovas Gallery, London) each of whom is curating their galleries with an eye to history as well as commerce.
Rohatyn has taken on artists whose feminist clarion calls we have heard for some time: Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Katy Grannan, Betty Woodman, and Judy Chicago. Her ferocious drive has made her an art world star but she is in the trenches every day ferreting out other artists she does not represent like Barbara Chase-Riboud, the writer/artist whose sculpture is newly installed in her 94th Street branch.
Amalia Dayan is constantly turning up lesser known Italian mid century gems like Salvatore Scarpitta (who is school of Alberto Burri) as well as giving over her townhouse to newcomers like Alex Da Corte.
Pilar Ordovas has a temporary space up until January which you must see as it’s like a fine thematic museum exhibition on just about my favorite topic: Artists and Lovers. She has managed to get some extraordinary loans for this show which quietly, but dramatically shows how being in love can make your work better, or sometimes capsize the whole shebang.
Everyone has their eyes on the sales this week and the possible Trump effect. These gallerists will continue follow their own instincts and interests no matter what.
This is what we must all do.