The gallerist Bernice Steinbaum is an instigator: she’s been described as a “fireball” and “overwhelming” by artists who’ve worked with her. A new documentary by Kristina Sorge goes inside Steinbaum’s tireless and lifelong efforts to champion the work of female artists and artists of color, at a time when their art was considered second-tier.
Steinbaum devoted her career to both social and artistic causes. The racial and gender inequality of the art world, especially in her early years, bled into hurdles and hardships that not only posed a problem for Steinbaum but also for the artists she resolutely represented. Despite the setbacks, she maintained her belief that, when confronted with obstacles in the art world, “you only need one person to believe in you and that should be magic.”