The Whitney Women


51QXCuYagBL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_I had the pleasure of reading “The Whitney Women” by Flora Miller Biddle a few weeks ago. It is a marvelous story of her family’s commitment to American art. Her grandmother, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, came up with the novel idea of “celebrating and supporting living American artists” by donating her collection to create a museum of living artists. Therefore, these artists were finally “crashing the gate.”

Flora Whitney Miller, Gertrude’s daughter, recognized and honored her mother’s wishes, devoting much of her time, energy and inheritance to establish The Whitney; ultimately she passed the baton to her daughter, Flora Miller Irving Biddle.

Flora Biddle knits and weaves the threads and fragments together to tell this remarkable, very American story…of true grit, devotion to an idea, and a legacy for all Americans to be proud of. Her story is brave, introspective, insightful, thoughtful, honest, earnest and skillfully told.

Donna Rosen


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