Art Fix Friday: July 31, 2015

East London’s newest museum stirs up controversy. The space was initially intended for “the first women’s museum in the UK.” Instead, the Jack the Ripper Museum took its place.

TakePart states, “Even the men who are famous for killing and terrorizing get honored with museums, while the women who helped shape history are largely forgotten.”

Front-Page Femmes

British painter Cecily Brown identifies another neo-Expressionist painter as an alleged copycat of her work.

The Huffington Post looks at seven lesser-known women surrealists.

Women artists in India start conversations in notoriously dangerous streets in an attempt to make these aresa safer.

Artist Maria Aristidou treats coffee spills like watercolors.

Crowdfunding has enabled women creators and fans to launch their own comics.

The Arab American National Museum will showcase graphic arts and comics by six women.

Inventor Lipa Aisa Mijena helped create a lamp that runs on saltwater.

Children’s book author Beatrix Potter’s (1866–1943) birthday was on Tuesday. Brain Pickings reveals that the famed author also drew scientific studies of mushrooms.

The Telegraph discusses J.K. Rowling’s online presence in honor of the author’s 50th birthday.

Toni Morrison’s commencement address is one of 11 recorded in Take This Advice. The Nobel Prize-winning author “defies every graduation cliché with wisdom.”

Vanity Fair has a list of novels that tell the stories of women whom history has forgotten.

Maggie Shannon’s photo project Noise Girls features female noise-rock participants.

The number of female artists on country radio has remained consistent over the last 20 years, but their success rate has declined.

Former SNL cast member Abby Elliott reflects on her experiences on the show and says, “I sort of got pigeonholed into being the impression girl.”

Filmmaker and artist Penny Woodcock tells The Guardian, “I’m always open about my age, because I hope that’s encouraging to younger women. I’m 65 and still doing interesting things. You don’t need to bow out.”

The Guardian describes actress Tilda Swinton as “shapeshifting” and “otherworldly.”

Shows We Want to See

Tate Modern will host a retrospective of famed American artist Georgia O’Keeffe next summer. “This exhibition will re-examine her entire career, her development, her trajectory west, and the profound influence and legacy of her work.”

Petra Cortright discusses her internet-inspired artwork in her exhibition Niki, Lucy, Lola, Viola.

Alice Anderson has a compelling new show at the Wellcome Collection.

Works by 72-year-old painter Judith Bernstein are on view at Mary Boone Gallery.

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

Art Fix Friday: July 25, 2015

A new project hopes to add sculptures of suffragists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to the public art of Central Park. Out of the park’s 22 sculptures, none depict women. Of the 5,193 public outdoor sculptures in the U.S., only 394 are of women.

Chicagoist also discusses the need for more statues of women of historical significance in Chicago parks—rather than depictions of fictional female characters like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.

Front-Page Femmes

Los Angeles Times comments on the glaring lack of major solo exhibitions in the city featuring black women artists.

Ti-Rock Moore, the artist behind the controversial Michael Brown sculpture, explains her motivations in this Huffington Post article.

A Brooklyn-based artist and textile designer, Lauren Garfinkel creates food art featuring political commentary.

A behind-the-scenes tour of rarely seen WWII artwork in Reality in Flames examines Australian female war artists. The Australian War Memorial’s assistant curator says, “I think the women artists do offer us a much more intimate, a much more personal view of the war.”

The Telegraph’s Claire Cohen explains why author Beatrix Potter should be the next woman on Britain’s £20 note.

Marvel’s publishing line relaunch includes books by 116 creators—but only 10 are women.

Celebrated dancer Jennie Somogyi will retire from the New York City Ballet this fall.

Reel Girl says Minions is the most sexist kids’ movie of the year. “The fact that the lack of females in children’s movies—from protagonists to crowd scenes, from heroes to villains—isn’t glaringly obvious to us and our children shows how sexist the world is.”

Female rapper MC Lyte is one of the women featured in Oprah.com’s “Who Am I” web series.

Shows We Want to See

Spanning her 35-year oeuvre, a major survey of Dame Elisabeth Frink’s public sculpture commissions will open in Nottingham.

The new Joan Mitchell retrospective reminds ARTnews of this throwback review of a 1965 exhibition of Mitchell’s work.

Carnegie Museum of Art’s She Who Tells a Story features women artists whose work comments on and subverts stereotypes about Middle Eastern identity.

Sotheby’s Cherchez la Femme: Women and Surrealism features women Surrealists, including Kay Sage, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, and Remedios Varo. Sotheby’s Vice President Julian Dawes says, “Male Surrealists look at women as objects of desire. The female Surrealists sort of treat women as looking inward.”

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