“To be a Lady” featured in The New Criterion.

Norte Maar, James Panero, Jason Andrew, To be a Lady, The New CriterionJames Panero, one of the great art critics of our time, dedicates his entire Gallery Chronicle in the November issue of The New Criterion to the discussion of the To be a Lady exhibition.

Panero writes:

“I can pretty much imagine how the show To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts took shape. Jason Andrew, the curator of this exhibition of female artists that spans a century and focuses significantly—but not exclusively—on abstract painting and sculpture, has one of the most observant eyes in art. As the director of Norte Maar, a non-profit apartment gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, he has probably surveyed more of the outer-borough art scene than any other curator. As something of a neighborhood impresario, he has most likely seen more Bushwick-based art than anyone else, period. According to one challenge he issued to himself on Twitter, he recently tried to visit every open studio during Bushwick Open Studios weekend. (An impossible task that would have left little more than a minute per venue, including travel time; he still far outpaced the rest of us.)”

Panero continues to situate the historic nature of the exhibition stating, “It is regrettable that our culture today does not seem any better equipped to discuss such sexual distinctions. Even when elicited, such talk often devolves into giggles or indignation. So Andrew should be applauded for taking this observation and making something big of it. “It is not the intention of this exhibition to be a comprehensive survey of women in the arts,” he writes. “It’s a selection of artists I know, have come to respect, and whose aesthetic I admire.”

Read the complete review here.

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