By Mary Louise Schumacher
October 20, 2014
When The Atlantic ran an essay a few years ago posing the old question anew — Can women really have it all? —many in Milwaukee's art community thought immediately of Wisconsin native Michelle Grabner.
That instinct has just been confirmed in a fairly official way. Grabner was just named by Artnet to be one of the 100 most important women in the art world, along with performance art superstar Marina Abramovic and power house art dealer Barbara Gladstone.
Grabner, a Wisconsin native, is the ultimate art-world insider and outsider, too. She runs an internationally respected gallery the size of a one-car garage next to her home in Oak Park, Ill. called The Suburban, and an avant-garde art space in rural Waupaca County called The Great Poor Farm Experiment near her vacation home. She writes beautiful criticsm, has been the chair of the painting and drawing department at one of the nation's more important art schools, the Art Institute of Chicago, and this year she was one of three curators for the most important survey of contemporary art in the U.S., the Whitney Biennial. As an artist, which Grabner considers her core professional activity, she enjoyed a major career survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland last year and currently has an important show of new work up at the James Cohan Gallery in New York.
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