Karen Wilkin is an independent curator and critic. She was previously the curator of “American Vanguards,” on view at the Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase and a faculty member at the New York Studio School. She is an art historian, curator and critic, educated at the High School of Music and Art, Barnard College and Columbia University. A specialist in 20th century modernism, Ms. Wilkin contributes regularly to The New Criterion, Partisan Review and Hudson Review. After living and working in Italy and Canada for some years, Ms. Wilkin returned to her native Manhattan in 1985. She lives near the Empire State Building with her architect husband and two Maine Coon cats. Photo credit Edward Rubin.