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Cristina de Miguel & Caroline Absher in Cultured

Female collectors have shaped art history for centuries, even if they don’t always get the credit they deserve. Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,500 years ago, commissioned art as a key part of her leadership strategy. Fast forward a few thousand years—both the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York were founded by women. 


Over the years, CULTURED has interviewed a wide range of influential female collectors who have shaped culture and identified artists before they hit it big, from Nedda Young to Komal Shah. As part of our Women’s History Month collecting series, we’ve pulled together excerpts from past interviews in which tastemaking women identify the female artists they are most excited about. 


Karen Rabinovitz: "Cristina de Miguel, Caroline Absher, Ana Benaroya, HyeGyeong Choi, Nadia Waheed, and Leigh Ruple are all creating works that are explosive with energy and emotion. Anaja Hvastija Gaia and Nadia Ayari give me the feeling of lyrical poetry. I love the painting and embroidery of Rugiyatou Ylva Jallow."