Art Fix Friday: October 28, 2016

The Museo del Prado in Madrid opens its first-ever exhibition dedicated to the work of a female artist. The Art of Clara Peeters includes 15 major works by the Flemish still-life painter, including Still Life of Fish and Cat on loan from NMWA.

The Art Newspaper, artnet, and Hyperallergic report more on the exhibition’s highlights and the significance of the show. Peeters is one of only 41 women represented in the museum—compared to its collection of works by more than 5,000 male artists.

Front-Page Femmes

NMWA artist Justine Kurland describes her photography practice, motherhood, and life on the road.

The Frick Collection selects Annabelle Selldorf’s architecture firm for their renovation.

Lauren Kalman’s installation at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) covers jewelry cases with more than 2,000 golden leaves.

In 1909, Pamela Colman Smith collaborated with occultist A. E. Waite on the most popular tarot deck of the 20th century.

For Now Be Here #2, 600 female and female-identifying artists convened at the Brooklyn Museum for a group portrait.

Hyperallergic interviews MacArthur Fellow Mary Reid Kelley about mythological creatures, sexual taboos, and video art.

As part of A. L. Steiner’s exhibition at Koenig & Clinton, gallery staff shortened their work hours to 20 hours per week for “a revolution of sorts.”

The New York Times explores the enduring influence of Carolee Schneemann’s interdisciplinary performances and films.

Hung Liu is named the Fresno Art Museum’s 2016 Council of 100 Distinguished Woman Artists.

Carrie Mae Weems says, “Our great American directors have rarely brought black actors into their imagining.”

The Huffington Post shares a list of eight radical feminist artists from the 1970s who shattered the male gaze.

Artist-activist and upcoming #FreshTalk4Change speaker Emma Sulkowicz talks about rape culture, activism, and her upcoming projects in an interview with Bust.

Crime fiction writer Carmen Amato guides NPR in a discussion of Latino noir.

Bustle shares that only 17 out of the 50 Man Booker literary prize winners have been women—only 34%.

Shows We Want to See

NMWA Total Art artist Pipilotti Rist will have her own retrospective at the New Museum, taking over the entire building. In an interview with the New York Times, Rist says, “I think it’s the most important job of the artist: to try not to just reach the converted.”

Marimekko, With Love will be on view at Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. The exhibition explores how the textile industry “captured the power of design in everyday life.”

Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals is on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Artsy writes, “Her art takes the form of stone pedestals, bric-a-brac assemblages, funny poems, self-portraits, and sculptural shacks.”

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art features the work of Op artist Bridget Riley. The Saint writes that “rarely so is the eye treated to such a feast of color, pattern, and fun as Riley’s bold paintings allow.”

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

Art Fix Friday: June 19, 2015

ARTnews reports on painting and feminism during a panel featuring artists Rosy Keyser, Cecily Brown, and Joan Semmel.

In discussing Linda Nochlin’s famous essay, Semmel said, “There are many great women artists. And we shouldn’t still be talking about why there are no great women artists. If there aren’t great celebrated women artists, that’s because we have not been celebrating them, but not because they are not there.”

At the beginning of the discussion Semmel stated, “I was told that feminism was over a long time ago, and painting was dead. But here we are.”

Keyser added, “There needs to be a revolution every day.”

Front-Page Femmes

Arts patron and collector Valeria Napoleone launches new initiatives to increase the visibility of women artists in public collections. A work from a woman artist will be donated to a museum each year. The museum will, in turn, host a solo show for the artist.

Photographer Deborah Willis describes the current environment for black female photographers. “It seems we see a few of their names often, and I wonder if that is not just a function of social media. When you look closely though at collections and museum shows, then these artists tend to disappear.”

Harper Lee’s letters failed to sell at Christie’s auction on Friday.

Working with the Female Artists’ Foundation, these four African women artists explore societal challenges and preconceptions in their works.

Following author Kamila Shamsie’s call to action in a recent article in The Guardian, the publishing house And Other Stories will only release titles written by women in 2018.

Drawn & Quarterly has a history of championing female cartoonists and its current best-selling cartoonists are women. The New York Times examines Drawn & Quarterly’s advance of women in comics for their 25th anniversary.

The College Art Association (CAA) compiles a list of their top-picks for women-centered exhibitions and events. Check out what they are most excited for in June.

Shows We Want to See

A mind-bending retrospective of British artist Bridget Riley is open at the De La Warr Pavilion this summer. One review declares, “Bridget Riley is the most important British painter of the modern age.”

The Hammer Museum’s latest exhibition features a collaborative initiative of Los Angeles-based women artists and Afghan weavers.

She Came to Stay opens soon. This cross-generational exhibition of five women artists describes obstacles and displays women’s stories.

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