Renaissance For Women
During the Italian Renaissance, women were born to be married off, usually in order to strengthen familial ties. Once married, a woman was then expected to bear as many children as she could.
However, more female painters existed during the Renaissance than is immediately apparent, and more and more of their incredible stories are being unveiled and recounted.
In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art hosted An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, and the Guerrilla Girls formed shortly afterward in response to what they felt was a lack of female representation among the artwork on display. Soon, their protests grew to encompass race issues as well as gender issues, which sparked an international debate in the art world that is still ongoing
Combined, the top 20 female artists sold $1.8 billion of art, with American painter Joan Mitchell leading the list as the best-selling female artist of all time, closely followed by Mary Cassatt.
We are very excited and proud to present Women’s Work, a superb, curated group of Contemporary female artists who push the boundaries of the political, feminist, and identity-based narrative. These unique artworks are by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Ruth Bernhard, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Lynda Benglis, and Chitra Ganesh, to name just a few!
Compare Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, and Joan Mitchell against art market and financial indices, and discover which artists have demonstrated the highest returns.
Nan Goldin Gets Lifetime Achievement Award
The Re-Imagined Landscape
"The Arcadia exhibition features the paintings, works on paper, and photographs of 20 artists involved with a contemporary re-imagining of the landscape genre. The works are reflective of upstate New York’s lush expanses of summer greenery and its waterfalls, the White Mountains of California with its ancient Bristle Cone Trees; the lush woodlands of the Berkshires, the rolling hills of Maine and the flat lands of Texas to name just a few of the locales represented in the works on view. The art also reflects the passage of times of day from dawn to high noon to sunset. The exhibition offers a visual respite from the baking concrete heat of New York on sweltering summer days.”
Do not miss the show at OK Harris Works of Art gallery in New York, until July 20, 2012.
Tracey Emin in Margate
A new exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Margate, She Lay Down Beneath the Sea, finds Young British Artist Tracey Emin experiencing the “hell of menopause” in pursuit of true love in her hometown, through September 2.
Check out a short video of Emin discussing the show, her absence, and return.
Sharon Lockhart at LACMA
Noa Eshkol, the new multi-media exhibition by Sharon Lockhart, opens today at LACMA:
Noa Eshkol is a multimedia meditation on the achievements of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol. Lockhart discovered Eshkol’s groundbreaking work during a 2008 trip to Israel, and filmed Eshkol’s aging students and a newer generation of dancers performing her choreography in an effort to bring her visionary work to light.
1980s Art, Love, and Politics in Chicago
Art, Love & Politics in the ’80s ends today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
"During this era, the political sphere was dominated by the ideas of former US President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the music scene was transformed by punk and the birth of hip-hop, and our everyday lives were radically altered by a host of technological developments, from the Sony Walkman and the ATM to the appearance of MTV and the first personal computers. In the United States, the decade opened with an enormous anti-nuclear protest in New York’s Central Park and closed with mass demonstrations against the government’s slow response to the AIDS crisis. This exhibition attempts to make sense of what happened to the visual arts in the United States during this tumultuous period."
New Museum Shows in June
Preview exciting new exhibitions this month of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sharon Lockhart, George Bellows, and many others.
Sheila Hicks’ Fiber Optics
In our cross-disciplinary, rule-breaking time, does anyone care about distinctions between “art” and “craft” anymore?
From the evidence of Paris-based textile artist Sheila Hicks, whose fiber sculptures are poised right on that threshold, the answer is, well, interesting.
Tracey Emin on Crane.TV
Young British Artist Tracey Emin talks about her new show in Margate, her home town, why she stopped creating art for a few years, and why she’s creating again.
Liza Lou Closing at White Cube
It’s your last chance to see it: Liza Lou's solo exhibition at White Cube in London closes today.
And if you’re not in London, browse some of the artworks from the show on Lou’s artnet Monograph.