Spotlight on fe­male artists from 1945-1968 in NYC

MoMA, New York Show­ing un­til: 13 Au­gust 2017

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

Mak­ing Space: Women Artists and Post­war

Ab­strac­tion shines a spotlight on the stun­ning achieve­ments of women artists be­tween the end of World War II and the start of the Fem­i­nist move­ment (1945 - 1968). In the post­war era, so­ci­etal shifts made it pos­si­ble for larger num­bers of women to work pro­fes­sion­ally as artists, yet their work was of­ten dis­missed in the male-dom­i­nated art world, and few sup­port net­works ex­isted for them. Ab­strac­tion dom­i­nated artis­tic prac­tice dur­ing these years, as many artists work­ing in the af­ter­math of World War II sought an in­ter­na­tional lan­guage that might tran­scend na­tional and re­gional nar­ra­tives - and for women artists, ad­di­tion­ally, those re­lat­ing to gen­der.

Drawn en­tirely from the Mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures nearly 100 paint­ings, sculp­tures, pho­to­graphs, draw­ings, prints, tex­tiles, and ce­ram­ics by more than 50 artists. Within a tra­jec­tory that is at once loosely chrono­log­i­cal and syn­chro­nous, it in­cludes works that range from the boldly ges­tu­ral can­vases of Lee Kras­ner, He­len Franken­thaler, and Joan Mitchell; the rad­i­cal ge­ome­tries by Ly­gia Clark, Ly­gia Pape, and Gego; and the re­duc­tive ab­strac­tions of Agnes Martin, Anne Truitt, and Jo Baer; to the fiber weav­ings of Mag­dalena Abakanow­icz, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney; and the process-ori­ented sculp­tures of Lee Bon­te­cou, Louise Bour­geois, and Eva Hesse.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also fea­ture many lit­tle-known trea­sures such as col­lages by Anne Ryan, pho­to­graphs by Gertrudes Altschul, and re­cent ac­qui­si­tions on view for the first time at MoMA by Ruth Asawa, Carol Rama, and Alma Wood­sey Thomas.

Alma Wood­sey Thomas (Amer­i­can, 1891–1978). De­tail of c. 1968. Syn­thetic poly­mer paint and pressure-sen­si­tive tape on cut-and-sta­pled pa­per.

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