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historian , art historian , writer

Barbara Haskell, American curator. Recipient award for scholarly excellence in field of America art history Archives of America Art, 2003; named Woman of Year, Mademoiselle magazine, 1973.


Haskell, Barbara was born on November 13, 1946 in San Diego, California, United States. Daughter of John N. and Barbara (Freeman) Haskell.


Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1969.


She is currently a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she has worked since 1975. She has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Art and Pasadena Museum. She has a BA (1969) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her area of expertise is early to mid 20th century painting and sculpture, including American Modernists, Abstract Expressionists, and Pop artists. Among the landmark thematic exhibitions she has curated are The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-1950 (1999), and The Explosion of Pop, Minimalism and Performance 1958-1964 (1984). In addition, she has curated retrospectives and authored accompanying scholarly monographs on a range of early-20th-century and post-war American artists, including Westermann (1978), Marsden Hartley (1980), Milton Avery (1982), Ralston Crawford (1985), Charles Demuth (1987), Red Grooms (1987), Donald Judd (1988), Burgoyne Diller (1990), Agnes Martin (1992), Joseph Stella (1994), Edward Steichen (2000), Elie Nadelman (2003), Oscar Bluemner (2005-2006), Georgia O'Keeffe (2009), Lyonel Feininger (2011), and Robert Indiana (2013).


  • Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History, from the Archives of American Art, 2005\r\nHenry Allen Moe Prize awarded to catalogues of distinction in the arts, for the monograph Charles Demuth, 1987.



Married Leon Botstein. Children: Clara Haskell Botstein, Maxim Haskell Botstein.

John N. Haskell

Barbara (Freeman) Haskell

Leon Botstein

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Clara Haskell Botstein Haskell