Barbara Haskell

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Barbara Haskell (born 1946 in San Diego, California) is an American art historian and a museum curator. She is currently a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she has worked since 1975. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Art and Pasadena Museum. She has a BA (1969) from the University of California, Los Angeles.[1]

Her area of expertise is early to mid-20th-century painting and sculpture, including American Modernists, Abstract Expressionists, and Pop artists. She is the founder and leader of the American Fellows, a patrons group for major donors to the Whitney.[2]

Among the landmark thematic exhibitions she has curated are The American Century: Art & Culture 1900–1950 (1999), and BLAM! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism and Performance 1958–1964 (1984). In addition, she has curated retrospectives and authored accompanying scholarly monographs on a range of early-20th-century and post-war American artists, including H.C. Westermann (1978), Marsden Hartley (1980), Milton Avery (1982), Ralston Crawford (1985), Charles Demuth (1987), Red Grooms (1987), Donald Judd (1988), Burgoyne Diller (1990), Agnes Martin (1992), Joseph Stella (1994), Edward Steichen (2000), Elie Nadelman (2003), Oscar Bluemner (2005), Georgia O'Keeffe (2009), Lyonel Feininger (2011), Robert Indiana (2013), Stuart Davis (2016), and Grant Wood (2018).

Major publications and exhibitions[edit]

  • Claes Oldenburg: Object into Monument. Pasadena Art Museum, California, 1971.
  • Larry Bell. Pasadena Art Museum, California, 1972.
  • John Mason: Ceramic Sculpture. Pasadena Art Museum, California, 1974.
  • Arthur Dove. New York Graphic Society, Ltd., Boston, Massachusetts, 1974.
  • H.C. Westermann. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1978.
  • Marsden Hartley. New York University Press in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1980.
  • Milton Avery. Harper & Row Publishers in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1982.
  • BLAM! The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism and Performance 1958–1964. W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1984.
  • Ralston Crawford. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1985.
  • Charles Demuth. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1987.
  • Donald Judd. W.W. Norton in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1988.
  • Red Grooms: Ruckus Rodeo. Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, 1988.
  • Yoko Ono: Arias and Objects. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith Books, 1991.
  • Agnes Martin. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1992.
  • Joseph Stella. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1994.
  • Milton Avery: The Metaphysics of Color. Neuberger Museum of Art, 1994.
  • The American Century: Art and Culture 1900–1950. W.W. Norton in association with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1999.
  • Edward Steichen. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2000.
  • Elie Nadelman: Sculptor of Modern Life. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2003.
  • Oscar Bluemner: A Passion for Color. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2005.
  • Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time. Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, 2009.
  • Georgia O'Keeffe: Abstraction. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2009.
  • Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2011.
  • Robert Indiana: Beyond LOVE. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2013.
  • Stuart Davis: In Full Swing. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Delmonico Books, an imprint of Prestel Publishing, Munich, London, and New York, 2016.
  • Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2018.

Awards[edit]

  • Henry Allen Moe Prize awarded to catalogues of distinction in the arts, for the monograph Charles Demuth, 1987.
  • Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History, from the Archives of American Art, 2003

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Haskell, Barbara". Dictionary of Art Historians. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
  2. ^ "American Fellows". Whitney Museum of Art. Retrieved 14 January 2015.

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