Lisa Montag Brotman: A Great Woman Artist at the Katzen Center

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of American University’s Katzen Arts Center’s signature works by a woman artist, Lisa Montag Brotman’s Cherry Wallpaper. Visit www.nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Lisa Montag Brotman, Cherry Wallpaper, 1981; Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.; American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Private Collection

Lisa Montag Brotman, Cherry Wallpaper, 1981; Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in.; American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Private Collection

For more than three decades, Brotman’s paintings have been dominated by female figures in pursuit of self-examination and critical inquiry. Borrowing its pose from a vintage postcard, Cherry Wallpaper features a masked nude, her back turned toward the viewer. She is positioned contrapposto, foot balanced on a pillow-covered ball, arm resting on an impossible one-legged chair before a red curtain with flesh-like red tassels. Cherries adorn a cloudy blue wallpaper sky, juxtaposing power and vulnerability. On view June 9–August 12, 2012.

American University at the Katzen Arts Center,4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW; Website: www.american.edu/museum.

NMWA: Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists.