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Kate Millett

Kate Millett
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Alice Neel, 28 Jan 1900 - 13 Oct 1984
Kate Millett, 14 Sep 1934 - 6 Sep 2017
Acrylic on canvas
Stretcher: 101 x 72.4cm (39 3/4 x 28 1/2")
Frame: 106.7 x 78.7 x 5.1cm (42 x 31 x 2")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Estate of Alice Neel
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Born St. Paul, Minnesota
The emergence of the modern feminist movement in the 1960s initially seemed to be a sidelight to the massive demonstrations for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. Yet it became clear that the growing cry for equal opportunity for women could not be ignored.
In no small measure, the movement owed its quickening pulse to Kate Millett, whose 1970 book Sexual Politics served as something of a bible for feminism. When Time magazine sought a personification of feminist protest for its cover in August 1970, it, unsurprisingly, settled on Millett. Unfortunately, Millett herself was not pleased with the choice, feeling that no one person could presume to embody the aspirations of her cause. As a result, when Alice Neel asked her to pose, she refused. Instead, Neel used photographs to make this likeness.
Nacida en St. Paul, Minnesota
El surgimiento del movimiento feminista moderno en la década de 1960 había parecido inicialmente un simple apéndice de las manifestaciones masivas por los derechos civiles y contra la guerra de Vietnam. No obstante, estaba claro que no se podía ignorar el creciente reclamo de igualdad de oportunidades para las mujeres. En gran medida, el movimiento le debió su ímpetu a Kate Millett, cuyo libro Política sexual, publicado originalmente en inglés en 1970, se convirtió en una especie de biblia para el feminismo.
Cuando la revista Time quiso encontrar un símbolo de la protesta feminista para su portada de agosto de 1970, no fue sorpresa que escogiera a Millett. Lamentablemente, a Millett no le gustó la selección porque estimaba que la causa que defendía no podía ser representada por un solo individuo. Por tanto, cuando Alice Neel le pidió que posara para el retrato, Millett se negó. Neel utilizó fotografías para realizar esta obra.
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In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
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