“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if answered adequately, create a sort of chain reaction, expanding not merely to encompass the accepted assumptions of the single field, but outward to embrace history and the social sciences, or even psychology and literature, and thereby, from the outset, to challenge the assumption that the traditional divisions of intellectual inquiry are still adequate to deal with the meaningful questions of our time, rather than the merely convenient or self-generated ones.”

Linda Nochlin

Read more from the art historian’s iconic essay “Why have there been no great women artists?” in our Perspectives section for Zoe Leonard: Survey. Leonard’s site-specific installation, Homage, uses carefully placed pieces of the text along walls where Whitney staff offices are visible from public areas—usually through windows or glass doors.

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“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”
“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”
“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”
“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”
“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”
“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if answered adequately, create a sort of chain reaction, expanding not merely to encompass the accepted assumptions of the single field, but outward to embrace history and the social sciences, or even psychology and literature, and thereby, from the outset, to challenge the assumption that the traditional divisions of intellectual inquiry are still adequate to deal with the meaningful questions of our time, rather than the merely convenient or self-generated ones.”

Linda Nochlin

Read more from the art historian’s iconic essay “Why have there been no great women artists?” in our Perspectives section for Zoe Leonard: Survey. Leonard’s site-specific installation, Homage, uses carefully placed pieces of the text along walls where Whitney staff offices are visible from public areas—usually through windows or glass doors.

“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if answered adequately, create a sort of chain reaction, expanding not merely to encompass the accepted assumptions of the single field, but outward to embrace history and the social sciences, or even psychology and literature, and thereby, from the outset, to challenge the assumption that the traditional divisions of intellectual inquiry are still adequate to deal with the meaningful questions of our time, rather than the merely convenient or self-generated ones.”

Linda Nochlin

Read more from the art historian’s iconic essay “Why have there been no great women artists?” in our Perspectives section for Zoe Leonard: Survey. Leonard’s site-specific installation, Homage, uses carefully placed pieces of the text along walls where Whitney staff offices are visible from public areas—usually through windows or glass doors.

“Even a simple question like ‘Why have there been no great women artists?’ can, if…”

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