Grace Glueck, pioneering art reporter at New York Times who helped bring a major controversy over sex discrimination to light in the newspaper, died Saturday at the age of 96 at her Manhattan home. Relatives of the writer confirmed the news to Time.
Over the six decades she has been active, Glueck has reported on artists and the art world. She began to do so at a time when criticism was considered the primary means of writing about the visual arts.
His reporting on the niche industry, which resulted in many thousands of writings including profiles, interviews and event coverage, started a trend nationwide, with other media outlets in the United States setting the arts as a beat in their own newsrooms.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, as the art world began to expand, Glueck’s reporting allowed readers to step inside the industry’s opaque walls. At the time, exhibits were the focus of critics. Glueck instead turned his attention to the network of commercial dealers, institutions, artists, movements and collectors who helped bring these exhibitions to fruition.
Some of Glueck’s most influential work focused on a rising wave of feminist artists, whose art responded to a growing political movement across the United States. An ongoing exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut,” draws on Glueck’s review of her similarly titled 1971 showcase, which she revised for the Time.
While directing this report, Glueck also helped lead a class action lawsuit in 1974 with eight of his colleagues. The women’s group alleged that the Time systematically underpaid its employees and failed to promote many of them. The lawsuit led to a historic settlement, with the Time agreeing to hire women for corporate positions in its newsroom and to compensate its female employees for delays in their promotion.
Glueck, who was a graduate of New York University, began working at Time in 1951 in a desk job. At the start of her time at the newspaper, she was not allowed to train as a journalist because of her gender, she revealed in 1997. At the time, few women held senior positions in the room writing and it was common for university graduates to be discouraged. to seek professional careers. Finally, she lands at New York Times book review, search for works of art. She held the position for just over a decade, until the 1960s.
She eventually received a column called “Art People”, where she published interviews and wrote about artists like Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Hines, George Grosz, Max Weber and Phillip Guston, among others.
His work has appeared in other major outlets like the New criterionthe Book review in Los Angelesand Art in America.
In a tribute to Glueck, Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight called “Exceptional” Glueck. In other, New York Times Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman described his former colleague as “wildly witty”, calling her work “still the gold standard in art reporting”.