Art Fix Friday: July 22, 2016

Eighteen women artists share advice for young artists in an article for artnet.

Ebony G. Patterson says, “Being an artist is not a sprint, it’s a marathon” while Marilyn Minter encourages young women artists to “Go with your gut, even if it goes against all rational thinking.” Mariko Mori imparts, “Never compare your career with other artists.”

Front-Page Femmes

Mexican artist Teresa Margolles builds a concrete shelter in Echo Park incorporating debris from homicide scenes as a monument to 100 forgotten victims.

The Washington Post interviews Iranian artist Atena Farghadani, who was released from prison two months ago.

Greek artist Despina Stokou writes an article about navigating art-world sexism.

Hyperallergic reviews The Woman Destroyed, featuring works related to femininity and the deconstruction of the female body within art history.

MoMA acquired Faith Ringgold’s American People Series #20: Die, which was on view at NMWA in 2013.

Slovakian artist Mária Švarbová stages eerie photographs of pastel-colored swimming pools.

Niki de Saint Phalle’s previously unseen works are on view in London.

Activist and comic Joyce Brabner says, “Any work a woman does has value.”

Louise Hearman won the 2016 Archibald prize.

Amy Cutler collaborated with a musician and a stylist for an interactive installation involving 800 feet of braided hair.

Juxtapoz highlights Rachel Kneebone’s fractured porcelain figures.

Google commissioned two women artists to create a mural using spreadsheets.

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama illustrated The Little Mermaid.

Dorothea Tanning’s 1969 soft-sculpture “suggests a domestic world where desire finds odd outlets and fetishes take hold.”

Seattle-based artist Kate Alarcón transforms paper materials into flowers.

Women writers like H. M. Ward find success by self-publishing their work online.

More than 150 literary figures call for the release of imprisoned Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour.

Cyntha Ozick discusses reading as a child and how to create good villains.

Filmmaker Rebecca Miller discusses her fifth feature film, Maggie’s Plan.

Ava DuVernay’s new documentary explores the U.S.’s sky-high incarceration rate.

Screenwriter Melissa Mathison, best known for E.T., passed away before the completion of The BFG.

Six hundred pieces of music left behind by Jane Austen’s family are now available online.

The all-female Ghostbusters movie earned $46 million in its opening weekend.

Shows We Want to See

Alma Thomas at the Studio Museum in Harlem features works from every period of the artist’s career—including a work on loan from NMWA. ARTnews shares review excerpts from their archives about Thomas’s colorful abstractions.

Hyperallergic reviews Generations: Joyce J. Scott | Sonya Clark and writes that Scott “challenges art world taboos against beauty and humor.”

Whitechapel Gallery will host the first U.K. exhibition of the Guerrilla Girls—or “feminist masked avengers”—titled Is It Even Worse in Europe?

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Art Fix Friday: August 21, 2015

Musician Janelle Monáe made headlines this week with the new iteration of her song “Hell You Talmabout.” The Washington Post reflects on recent reactions to Monáe’s song and her growing presence on the national stage.

The Guardian covers her appearance on NBC’s Today show and her efforts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Her powerful political song features chants of the names of many African American men and women who died at the hands of the police.

Front-Page Femmes

The Swiss bank UBS will commission famed photographer Annie Leibovitz to create a series of portraits of notable women as an extension of her 1999 series “Women.”

Atena Farghadani, the long-jailed Iranian artist, won the 2015 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award.

Pioneering Detroit art dealer Susan Hilberry passed away at the age of 72. ARTnews says, “Hilberry was admired for keeping an eye on young talent, balancing shows of canonized artists with those of promising upstarts.”

Brain Pickings explores unpublished writings of French-American artist Louise Bourgeois.

Jerry Saltz writes a memorial article for art patron Melva Bucksbaum. A supporter of women artists, Bucksbaum curated a show that featured over 100 works by women.

Robert McCrum’s 100 Greatest Novels list covers almost 300 years of literature but only includes 21 works by women. Writers Patricia Highsmith and Margaret Atwood were not included.

The Huffington Post lists 14 women writers who dominate the universe of sci-fi.

The Huffington Post lists books by ten women authors who were first published after the age of 40.

The New Yorker explores the writings of Sagawa Chika, a nearly-forgotten Japanese poet.

Sadie Frost employed an 80% female crew for her new film. Frost’s research revealed that only 23% of film crew members were women in the highest-grossing films of the past 20 years.

Jennifer Lawrence is the world’s highest paid actress, followed by Scarlett Johansson and Melissa McCarthy.

Actress Melissa McCarthy’s new clothing line hopes to break down stereotypes in the fashion industry.

Ballet dancer-turned-actress Yvonne Craig died at the age of 78. Craig was best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s TV series.

Time celebrates actress Maureen O’Hara’s 95th birthday by taking a look at photos from her career.

U.K. singer Marina Diamandis—of Marina and the Diamonds—talks to Rolling Stone about her career. Diamandis discusses the misunderstanding surrounding female pop stars “that they can’t possibly be creating the art themselves—there must be a man behind it.”

Shows We Want to See

Margaret Harrison’s sexually-charged art exhibition in 1971 was dubbed “indecent” by the police, closing after a single day.

Harrison continues to expand her feminist art approach in her new exhibition at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima).

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark’s last assignment was to document the state of New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina. Organized by CNN and the International Center of Photography, the exhibition’s photographs include wall text and an online exhibition that elaborate on the subjects’ stories.

Francesca Woodman’s photographs explore gender, representation, sexuality, and body in an upcoming exhibition at Moderna Museet.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Art Fix Friday: June 12, 2015

Women in the performing arts make waves in this week’s Art Fix Friday. NPR reports that six out of the top ten box-office movies this year featured female protagonists—more than in the last three decades. However, only two films were directed by women. A new study also found that while women direct only 7% of the top-grossing films in Hollywood, they direct 29% of documentaries and 18% of domestic features screened at film festivals.

Although women were outnumbered in headliner spots at this year’s Governors Ball, The New York Times raves that women artists had the strongest and most ambitious performances. Women DJs are still few and far between at music festivals and representation isn’t increasing fast enough.

At this year’s Tony Awards, women brought home trophies in every major category—including big wins for the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic-novel memoir, Fun Home.

Front-Page Femmes

Artist and activist Atena Farghadani was sentenced to over 12 years in an Iranian prison for drawing leaders of parliament as animals.

Famous for her polka-dot artworks and for her psychiatric clinic residence, Yayoi Kusama continues to be a favorite among wealthy art buyers, as well as the public. Last year, she was the most popular artist in terms of exhibition attendance, according to The Art Newspaper.

The Huffington Post covers the feminist music video experiment, “The Weird Girls Project.”

J.K. Rowling’s new novel is already the biggest gainer in sales rank on Amazon.co.uk, shooting up its pre-sales charts only hours after the announcement.

Shows We Want to See

Painter Susan Swartz, whose work NMWA featured in an exhibition in 2011, is featured in a solo exhibition at the Ludwig Museum in Germany.

Exhibitions in New York, London, and Mexico City focus on the life and art of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

The Tate Britain has a retrospective of modern sculptor Barbara Hepworth. The Guardian examines key pieces from her 40-year oeuvre.

After years of obscurity, the centenarian artist Carmen Herrera’s paintings are on view at the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Herrera was also included in last month’s New York Times feature on women artists who are finally getting their due.

—Emily Haight is the digital editorial assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.