Obscured Greatness


Bookslut zeroes in on the seemingly perpetual obscurity of women’s work in the arts. Looking at artists like Lee Krasner, Leonor Fini, and Mina Loy,—the spaces and roles that they were pushed into, along with the often intangible forms of sexism confronted—the piece wonders how to “restore women to the historical record without getting out a glue stick and pasting some women into History of Art?”

“Greatness does need a little nurturing, a little structure and room to try and fail. Even if it doesn’t always need community, greatness at the very least needs someone who is capable — and willing — to recognize it for what it is and give it its name.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →