The Girl With the Gallery

Genre: Nonfiction, Biography; Author: Lindsay Pollock; Publisher: PublicAffairs

Edith Gregor Halpert was a force of nature: A strikingly beautiful, charismatic woman with innate entrepreneurial gifts, she brushed off her humble origins as a poor Russian Jewish immigrant in New York City to make her mark in the 20th century art world. In 1926, at age 26, she opened a gallery in Greenwich Village, then a fledgling outpost for starving artists. Thanks to her tireless promotion to wealthy patrons like the Rockefellers, many of the artists in her stable (which would include Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, and Georgia O’Keeffe) managed to avoid starvation during the lean Depression years. The Girl With the Gallery, Lindsay Pollock’s thorough, but overlong bio, lovingly revives Halpert’s remarkable life.

Originally posted November 8 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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