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Nancy Princenthal’s proposition lead me to think of the famous opening of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing (1972): “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”
I initially went to the Guggenheim Museum to see Cattelans spectacle All, however, I was drawn to the rooms off the main spiral, which focused on Kandinskys Painting with White Border (1913).
As the daughter of a woman artist, I saw, first-hand, the toll of discrimination based solely on gender. For my mothers generation, the misogyny of the Mad Men-era of the 1950s and 1960s was well known. And while the style of suits has changed, the discrimination persists.
I was born into trauma. My middle name, which I use as my last name and nom de peinture is Bee. I was named for my great-grandmother Bella, my fathers grandmother, who died in a concentration camp along with my great-grandfather and 17 other relatives, who also died in the Holocaust.
Im often inspired by poetry. Lost Doll was made in response to a poem by Rachel Levitsky that she wrote about my drawing, The Island.
George Kuchar (19422011) was one of the most creative, original, and influential filmmakers of our time, straddling two generations of North American iconoclasts, from Stan Brakhage, Ken Jacobs, Rudy Burckhardt, Kenneth Anger, and Michael Snow to Warren Sonbert, Ernie Gehr, Abigail Child, and Henry Hills.