Amei Wallach

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Born
New York
NationalityAmerica
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Occupation
  • Filmmaker
  • Art critic journalist
  • Author
Known forLouise Bourgeois, Enter Here

Amei Wallach is a filmmaker, art critic journalist, and author from New York.[1] Her documentaries profiling artists include: Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine (2008), Ilya Kabakovv: Enter Here (2013), and Taking Venice: The Robert Rauschenberg (2018).[2] Her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian (magazine), Vanity Fair (magazine), and Art in America, and numerous publications.

Early life and education

Amei Wallach was raised in Goshen, Connecticut by History of the Jews in Germany immigrants.[3][4]

Wallach graduated from the George School, a private boarding high school, in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.[3] Wallach attended the University of Chicago, withdrew to pursue acting in New York, and completed her Bachelor of Science at the Columbia University School of General Studies.[5]

Family

Her mother Gerda Wilhelmina Lewenz (April 7, 1915-October 12, 2000) was born in Berlin, Germany in the middle of World War I.[6] Both sides of Gerda’s family were “prominent” Jewish bankers.[6] Gerda was “deeply” involved in the German peace movement and was a peace activist the rest of her life.[6] Dinner table contests took place over who was the greatest writer; all of her children would become researchers, and published authors.[6] Gerda studied art history in Florence, Italy; in the U.S. she would own the Litchfield Gallery, and continued to curate art shows throughout her life.[7][6] Back in Germany near the start of World War II she became a nurse, where she met and married Dr. Gert M.K. (GMK) Wallach who was also a German Jew.[4][6]

In 1938, they separately fled to Goshen.[6] Gert opened a doctor’s office, and served as Director of Health for Goshen, for which he received a Public Health Award.[8] He later took a position as health officer and as clinician based in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Georgia-Tennessee Health Authority serving Appalachia.[6][9] Gerda also continued her work as a nurse.[6] Before she died she was featured in the documentary Letter Without Words (1998), a PBS film about her family’s life in Germany from World War I (1914-1918) to World War II (1939-1945).[6]

Amei Wallach had two siblings. Wendell Wallach attended Harvard Divinity School.[3] H.G. Peter Wallach was an author and “political scientist specializing in United States constitutional law, and contemporary German politics”, who died in 1985.[3][4][10]

Career

Wallach worked as Chief Art Critic for Newsday and New York Newsday from 1984-1995, and was an on-air arts essayist for the McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, later renamed PBS NewsHour, from 1987-1995.[11][12] As an art critic, Wallach's articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Smithsonian, Vogue (magazine), Art in America', ARTnews, Aperture, Parkett and The Brooklyn Rail.[13][14]

Wallach has interviewed and profiled artists ranging from Salvador Dali to Willem de Kooning. She profiled Anselm Kiefer in 1988, David Hammons in 1991, and in October 2001 Wallach's essay on the Iranian-born artist Shirin Neshat was featured in Art in America.[15]

From 2000 to 2005, Wallach was president of AICA/USA, the U.S. Section of the International Association of Art Critics , or Assocation Internationale des Critiques d'Art, and as of 2020, continues on its board.[16] She also serves on the board of CEC ArtsLink, and was a founding member of ArtTable, an association of leading women in the arts.[17] Wallach is the founding director of The Art Writing Workshop; a partnership between the International Art Critics Association (AICA/USA) and the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.[14][18]

Film work

In 2008 Wallach co-directed and co-produced Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine with Marion Cajori.[19] Filmed over 14 years (from 1993-2007), the work is a documentary portrait of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois and her career, which spanned the 20th and early 21st century. The New York Times called the film a "Superb documentary portrait", and it garnered a positive review from The Seattle Times.[20][21][22]

In 2013 Wallach directed Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here, which debuted at the New York Film Forum, and had its Canadian premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.[23][24] [25]Beginning in the Ukraine under Joseph Stalin, the film culminates in 2008 with the artists’ first public exhibition in Moscow, in venues throughout the city, including the Pushkin Museum.[26]

Her latest documentary film, Taking Venice: The Rauschenberg Factor, examines the United States' efforts to ensure that, through Robert Rauschenberg, the Golden Lion top prize of the 1964 Venice Biennale would go to America.[27]

Personal life

In 1972, Wallach married Charles F. Tebo, who was a group product manager with Lever Brothers’ New York branch.[3] Her brother Wendell helped to officiate.[3] The marriage ended in divorce.[28]

Wallach married again in September 1989 to William P. Edwards, chief executive officer of the Museum Store Company, a gift store chain. This was a second marriage for both parties.[28]

Wendell Wallach, her brother, is a lecturer at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, and chair of the technology and ethics study group.[29]

Works

Books

  • Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away[30]
  • Reflections of Nature: Paintings by Joseph Raffael'[31]
  • Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt[32]
  • Louise Bourgeois[33]

Films

  • Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine with Marion Cajori.[34]
  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here.[23][35]
  • Taking Venice: The Rauschenberg Factor[36]

Awards

Wallach was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, later renamed the John S. Knight Fellowship, in 1984.[37][38]

In 2006, Wallach won a "Best Show in a Temporary or Alternative Space" award for her exhibition Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the Comic and the Cosmic Is a Single Letter, from the International Art Critics Association/USA.[39][40]

References

  1. "Amei Wallach". The Center for the Humanities.
  2. Martinez, Alanna (2017-07-21). "Documentary to Explore Robert Rauschenberg's Controversial 1964 Venice Biennale Win". Observer. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Amei Wallach Wed to Charles Tebo, Special to The New York Times (1923-Current file); Jun 18, 1972, pg. 58.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 H.G. Peter Wallach, 56; CCSU Professor, Author, Hartford Courant ; Hartford, Conn. [Hartford, Conn], 17 Mar 1995: B.9.
  5. "GS Celebrates Reunion and Dean's Day 2010". The Owl. New York. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 Wallach, Gerda Wilhelmina (Lewenz), Hartford Courant ; [Hartford, Conn], 15 Oct 2000: B3.
  7. H.G. Peter Wallach, 56; CCSU Professor, Author, Hartford Courant ; Hartford, Conn. [Hartford, Conn], 17 Mar 1995: B.9.
  8. "Anderson Honored- At 59th Annual ^TB Assn. Dinner" (PDF) (1010). Town Times: The Watertown-Oakville Weekly. 18 May 1967. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  9. Amei Wallach Wed to Charles Tebo, Special to The New York Times (1923-Current file); Jun 18, 1972, pg. 58.
  10. H.G. Peter Wallach, Political Scholar. 56. New York Times (1923-Current file); Mar 22, 1995; pg. B8.
  11. "Amei Wallach & Iris Muller-Westermann". modernamuseet.se. 10 April 2015.
  12. "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour- Rembrandt Essay". American Archive of Public Broadcasting. American Archive of Public Broadcasting. 2 February 1988. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  13. "Articles by Amei Wallach | Smithsonian Magazine". www.smithsonianmag.com.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Amei Wallach". brooklynrail.org.
  15. Wallach, Amei (October 2001). "Shirin Neshat: Islamic Counterpoints" (PDF). Art in America. 89 (10): 136. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  16. "International Association of Art Critics- USA Board". AICA-USA. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  17. "ArtTable About". ArtTable. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  18. "AICA-USA Art Writing Workshop". International Art Critics Association. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  19. Smith, Roberta (29 August 2006). "Marion Cajori, 56, Filmmaker Who Explored Artistic Process, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  20. "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine". TimeOut. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  21. Lee, Nathan (9 July 2008). "Feeding a Creative Headwater". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  22. Farr, Sheila (28 November 2008). "A Louise Bourgeois documentary aims for the heart". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 26 July 2020.
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Amei Wallach - Rotten Tomatoes". www.rottentomatoes.com.
  24. "Film Forum Premieres" (PDF). Film Forum. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  25. "Music and Art at VIFF 2014". VIFF Archive. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  26. Taubin, Amy (13 November 2013). "Amy Taubin on Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here". Artforum International Magazine. Artforum. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  27. Tuesday, Ken Stickney Email the author Published 8:01 pm (8 August 2018). "Finding the factor: Documentarian explores Rauschenberg in Venice". Port Arthur News.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Amei Wallach Marries, New York Times , Late Edition (East Coast); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y], 10 Sep 1989: A.69.
  29. Shelton, Jim (2016-02-15). "Shaping tomorrow's smart machines: Q&A with bioethicist Wendell Wallach". YaleNews. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  30. Wallach, Amei; Kabakov, Ilya (1996). Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away. United States: Harry N. Abrams.
  31. Wallach, Amei; Kuspit, Donald B. (1998). Reflections of Nature: Paintings by Joseph Raffael. New York: Abeville press. ISBN 0789202808.
  32. Arnett, Paul; Arnett, William; Herman, Bernard; Wallach, Amei; Gordon, Maggi; Cubbs, Joanne; Whitley, Lauren; Blum, Dilys (2006). Gee's Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt. Tinwood books. ISBN 0971910456.
  33. Stern, Peter H.; Collen, David R; Wallach, Amei (2007). LOUISE BOURGEOIS. New Windsor, NY: Storm King Art Center.
  34. Smith, Roberta (29 August 2006). "Marion Cajori, 56, Filmmaker Who Explored Artistic Process, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  35. "Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here". First Run Features. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  36. Tuesday, Ken Stickney Email the author Published 8:01 pm (8 August 2018). "Finding the factor: Documentarian explores Rauschenberg in Venice". Port Arthur News.
  37. "Two dozen American journalists have been awarded National Endowment..." United Press International. 14 June 1983. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  38. "The 1980s: Moving media forward". 125 Years of Journalism. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  39. Times, The New York (2006-03-31). "Art in Review". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  40. Robinson, W. (February 11, 2007). "Artnet News - artnet Magazine". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 2020-08-18.

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