Congratulations to Jane Mason, winner of the “Telling Secrets” Caption Writing Contest #1 ! NMWA’s Web 2.0 Team enjoyed her caption “Just loosen your corset and breathe!” for Jane Hammond’s Untitled (141/257), 1989.
Curious about what Jane Hammond was thinking when she made the painting? The work is a direct response to an art critic who, reacting to her first one-person exhibition in New York in 1989, described her work as “just more jittery technique from another defensive female painter.” Zoning in on the words “jittery” and “defensive”, Hammond fired back and answered the critic’s negativity with his own words by featuring them prominently on the canvas. According to Hammond, “I had had this image all along of a ‘lady painter’ in silhouette–so it popped into my mind shortly after that this was a painting–the lady painter, central and hieratic, with all these accusations and diminutions swirling about her. It is the only painting I’ve ever made inspired by art criticism.” Later, she used this painting in a full-page ad in ArtForum for her next show.
Now, on two Caption Writing Contest #2! Take a look at Red, 1999, by Cathy de Monchaux, featured in NMWA’s fall exhibition Telling Secrets: Codes, Captions and Conundrums in Contemporary Art. Respond with your creative captions and comments by November 17 for a chance to win two free museum passes!