Jordan Casteel from Vogue
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In Her First Solo Museum Show, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer

In 2012, Jordan Casteel and her mother drove across the country from Denver to New Haven, Connecticut, with a wooden easel in the back of a 2001 Subaru Outback. The easel was a gift from her corporate-lawyer father and soon made her a source of merriment among her savvier classmates at Yale’s School of Art, who knew that even figurative painters no longer used the rickety contraptions.

But nobody worked harder or learned faster than “Jordy.” “I was like a sponge,” she tells me as we sit in her Manhattan studio, where I’ve come to visit her on a brisk fall day. “I just wanted to learn everything from everyone.”


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