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The Girl With the Gallery: Edith Gregor Halpert And the Making of the…
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"In 1926, Edith Gregor Halpert, just twenty-six years old, opened one of the first art galleries in Greenwich Village and set about turning the art world upside down. Her Downtown Gallery, which she ran for forty-four years, laid the groundwork for the art market's modern era, and its aggressive promotion and sales tactics. Halpert cultivated the most illustrious art collectors of the day, from Abby Aldrich Rockefeller to Stanley Marcus. She invented the market for folk art. And she pushed the first group of American artists working in a modern vernacular into the history books, including Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keeffe, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Dove. Despite all this, Edith Halpert herself has been lost to history. Until now." "In The Girl with the Gallery, journalist Lindsay Pollock brings Halpert and her era back to life, revealing how a penniless Russian Jewish immigrant - armed with only a Harlem public-school education, a few years in the working world, and an abundance of determination and charisma - made it her mission to fight for American art and artists. This is biography is an unforgettable story of class, money, vanity, jealousy, and tragic loss."--BOOK JACKET.
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