Will the Real Janet Sobel Please Stand Up?


37. Levin, “Janet Sobel,” 14n43.

38. Peggy Guggenheim, Out of This Century: The Informal Memoirs of Peggy Guggenheim (New York: Dial Press, 1946).

39. Peggy Guggenheim, Out of This Century: Confessions of an Art Addict; see note 30 above.

40. Conaty, essay in Art of This Century: The Women, 21, 21n22.

41. Ibid., 21, 41–43.

42. Levin, “Janet Sobel,” 9.

43. Ibid., 13n17.

44. Ibid.

45. Ibid., 13.

46. Ibid.

47. Ibid.

48. Porter, Personal Statement, Painting Prophecy, 1950.

49. Ibid.

50. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, 1995 introduction to Life Is with People: The Culture of the Shtetl, by Mark Zborowyski and Elizabeth Herzog, foreword by Margaret Mead (New York: Schocken Books, 1962; International Universities Press, 1952), ix. While completing this Web site, I was amused to read that Professor Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, as Sol Sobel had done with his mother, had encouraged her seventy-three-year-old father, Mayer Kirshenblatt, to begin to paint. Now ninety-two, Mayer Kirshenblatt has just had a solo exhibition at the Jewish Museum of his paintings of his birthplace, the pre-Holocaust Polish city of Opatow, where he spent his childhood before emigrating to Canada with his family;  and a book of his paintings and writings has just been published, all largely due to the encouragement and promotion of his daughter Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Mayer Kirshenblatt’s story was recounted by Roberta Smith in her article “From Memory to Canvas, Lost Way of Life in Poland,” The New York Times, May 8, 2009, C22, C28.

51. Goldberg, article in American National Biography, 353.


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