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The genius of Joyce Scott

The genius of Joyce Scott

We're a long way from the culture wars of the 1990s, when radically new strategies and styles of artmaking bumped up uncomfortably against long-established notions of who artists are and what art is. Baltimore-born sculptor, quilter and performance artist Joyce Scott was in the thick of those fights from the beginning, and her contributions helped redefine art and artmaking in America as vastly more inclusive and socially aware enterprises than ever before.

That's why we were gratified by the announcement last week that Ms. Scott has been named one of the 2016 MacArthur Fellows, a recipient of the so-called "genius grant" that carries an unrestricted stipend of $625,000...