THE DEATH OF LINDA NOCHLIN, a living legend of art history and a model of intellectual courage and critical thinking across disciplines, is hard to accept, especially for those of us who knew and loved her. To come to terms with her loss, I have sketched a portrait of sorts. I do not need to visualize herthe many Lindas I have known over time are still vivid in my mind, including the version in Philip Pearlstein’s early double portrait of her (posing pensively, with a tinge of late-1960s ennui) and her late husband Dick Pommer, a painting that, hanging as it does in Linda’s living room, was the indelible backdrop to all my recent visits with her. My portrait of Linda is, rather, a list of traits I associate with her as a scholar, mentor, and friend. I offer it as an inspirationfor myself and for othersin these disheartening times.
Intellectual provocation. Few
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