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"This exhibition’s critical opening salvo – and its most direct – arrives in the form of its title, which refers to a comment by Willem de Kooning, supposedly hurled at his portraitist wife, Elaine. Portraits, he apparently declared, are ‘pictures girls make’. The stupidity of the comment highlights the masculine self-absorption of Abstract Expressionism, except, as curator Alison M. Gingeras concedes in the footnotes of the exhibition guide, de Kooning probably never did say that. Instead, it’s Elaine’s choice of words: ‘Bill always thought that portraits were pictures that girls made’. As reported by her biographer, Lee Hall, she continued: ‘So I made portraits. I had that area free; I had it to myself; I didn’t have to make decisions."
"This exhibition’s critical opening salvo – and its most direct – arrives in the form of its title, which refers to a comment by Willem de Kooning, supposedly hurled at his portraitist wife, Elaine. Portraits, he apparently declared, are ‘pictures girls make’. The stupidity of the comment highlights the masculine self-absorption of Abstract Expressionism, except, as curator Alison M. Gingeras concedes in the footnotes of the exhibition guide, de Kooning probably never did say that. Instead, it’s Elaine’s choice of words: ‘Bill always thought that portraits were pictures that girls made’. As reported by her biographer, Lee Hall, she continued: ‘So I made portraits. I had that area free; I had it to myself; I didn’t have to make decisions."
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