To those that know of her, Esphyr Slobodkina is a legend. A Russian immigrant to the United States in the late 1920s, Slobodkina played an integral role in the development of abstract art in America. From the 1930s through her passing in 2002, Slobodkina worked tirelessly, inventively, and often irreverently in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, collage, assemblage, textiles, and even children’s book illustrations. By the time abstraction had become widely accepted in the 1950s and 1960s in the US, Slobodkina had compiled an impressive resume of exhibitions at galleries and museums including A.E. Gallatin’s Museum of Living Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Peggy Guggenheim’s gallery, Art of this Century.