it seems she has a way of keeping on asking for what she wants in the face of no agreement. i love her work.
"Even so-called experts haven't always known what to make of her work. "I've gotten negative reactions for 25 years," said Mr. Protetch, Ms. Woodman's dealer and friend, from "narrow, unthinking art world people who are more impressed by superficial things than they are by substance."
With his artist ensconced at the Met, Mr. Protetch can feel that his perseverance was justified. "I'm exonerated, and Betty is recognized for the really important figure that she is," he said. (His gallery in Chelsea has a concurrent exhibition, "Betty Woodman: New Works," through May 27.)
In her private life, part of her charm is her renowned cooking ability, which didn't hurt in securing the retrospective.
"Betty seduces people with food," Ms. Adlin said. A few years ago, she was having breakfast at Ms. Woodman's studio with a museum colleague. "In her wonderful, inimitable style, she asked us when we were going to give her a retrospective," Ms. Adlin recalled, adding, "She was doing these incredible blueberry pancakes."
They talked briefly, but nothing was definite. "The next thing I know, she's calling to follow up," Ms. Adlin said. "It's within Betty's nature to push for what she wants."
Ms. Adlin expected resistance from the museum's higher-ups. But her boss — Gary Tinterow, who directs the department of 19th-century, modern and contemporary art — knew Ms. Woodman's work and loved it. Even the Met's director, Philippe de Montebello, signed on right away. "I was pleasantly shocked that the director wanted to do this show," Ms. Adlin said."