From Rosemary Feitelberg’s piece for Women’s Wear Daily:

In the hard-partying Eighties, the East Village and SoHo were havens for artists and still void of the chain stores that have since invaded those neighborhoods. Days were spent working in barren studios—“It was not as though I was hanging out in their studios socializing, I was really there to get the picture. And that’s the way I wanted it,” [Barron] said. “I think I could have been a psychiatrist. People talk to me and tell me things that I can’t believe they tell me—very personal. I think that’s just the way that people respond to me.”

In fact, many literally responded to her with handwritten notes, thank you letters and party invitations—some of which have been incorporated in a diarylike catalogue.

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