From the Archives: Betty Parsons, Gallerist Turned Artist, Takes the Spotlight, in 1979

Betty Parsons, Orange, 1956, acrylic on canvas. ©2017 THE ESTATE OF BETTY PARSONS/COURTESY ALEXANDER GRAY ASSOCIATES, NEW YORK When art historians mention Betty Parsons, they’re usually talking about her New York gallery, which, in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, was responsible in part for making Abstract Expressionism famous. In addition to showing Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and many others, however, Parsons was herself a painter. She considered herself a good gallerist—and a good artist. “I’ve learned a great deal about business, but I wasn’t a businesswoman,” Betty Parsons told Grace Lichtenstein in a profile that originally ran in the March 1979 issue of ARTnews , published just three years before Parsons’s death, in 1982. On the occasion of a show of Parsons’s work at Alexander Gray Associates gallery in New York, that article follows in full below. —Alex Greenberger “Betty Parsons: Still trying to find the creative world in [...]