Art Fix Friday: June 17, 2016

Artsy profiles 20 early or mid-career female figurative painters who are “creating inspiring figurative paintings that speak to the present, and offer glimpses into the future.” The list includes NO MAN’S LAND artists Nina Chanel Abney, Hayv Kahraman, and Mira Dancy—as well as NMWA artist Amy Sherald.

Abney’s work “swiftly tackle topics related to race, gender, and politics.” Artsy writes that “a critical mass of female painters are embracing figuration, diversifying it, and pushing the conversation around it forward.”

Front-Page Femmes

“Just Me and Allah,” a photographic series by Samra Habib—a queer Muslim photographer—shares the stories of LBGT Muslims.

Activist groups protest Tate Modern’s new building for the exclusion of works by Ana Mendieta.

Painter Françoise Gilot—now 94 years old—discusses her past with Picasso, her career, and her attempts to buy back her paintings.

Juxtapoz features Brooklyn-based photographer Janelle Jones’s vibrant, candy-colored still-lifes.

Chinese artist Cao Fei is the youngest artist ever selected to create a BMW Art Car.

Yayoi Kusama–In Infinity is the first exhibition to highlight the Japanese artist’s interest in fashion and design.

Artforum shares “A Feminist Guide to Surviving the Art World,” highlighting works by prominent feminist artists.

For her “social sculpture” project, Percent for Green, Alicia Grullón conducts environmental justice workshops, providing a proposal for legislation.

Andra Ursuta’s Alps sculpture resembles a climbing wall—but with penis-shaped holds.

Mika Tajima’s temporary public art project is a hot pink hot tub that releases “techni-color clouds.”

Multidisciplinary artist Ciriza’s work “evokes the slow shedding of human hair and snake skin.”

Xiomara Reyes will become the new director of the Washington School of Ballet.

Teen thriller author Lois Duncan died at the age of 82.

The Atlantic explores how a short-lived 1908s spinoff series, She-Ra, offered an alternative to the male-dominated cartoon world.

Comedian Tig Notaro released her memoir, I’m Just A Person.

The Guardian interviews “punk-poet genius” Patti Smith.

The New Yorker writes that rocker Mitski Miyawaki’s lyrics “invite close readings, examinations that reveal submerged meanings.”

The Los Angeles Times raves about two murals featured in Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life.

The Atlantic delves into the why Hollywood doesn’t tell more stories for and about girls.

AIGA explores design house Marimekko’s history of being “made for women and run by women”—and how 94% of its employees are women.

Shows We Want to See

Hyperallergic examines (left) and Georgia O'Keefe’s watercolors (right)

Hyperallergic examines Adriana Varejão’s portraits (left) and Georgia O’Keeffe’s watercolors (right)

In Kindred Spirits, Adriana Varejão encourages visitors to guess which portraits are images of native people and which are versions of modernist designs.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas examines 51 watercolor paintings O’Keeffe made during her two years teaching in Texas.

Women of Abstract Expressionism at the Denver Art Museum aims to correct the history of the male-dominated art movement. Vogue and the Denver Post interviewed the exhibition’s curator.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum opens The Art of Romaine Brooks.

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

Art Fix Friday: April 8, 2016

In an artnet article on the most expensive living female artists in 2016, Cady Noland, Yayoi Kusama, and Cindy Sherman top the list.

Other ranking women artists include South African painter Marlene Dumas, optical illusions master Bridget Riley, Ethiopian-born artist Julie Mehretu, and Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes—among others.

Front-Page Femmes

ArtInfo shares a video of Tania Bruguera’s ten-hour voting session and discussion about immigration.

Illma Gore’s provocative portrait of a naked Donald Trump, recently the subject of social media censorship, will be on view in London.

Inge Hardison, whose bronze sculptures immortalized black historical figures, innovators, and ordinary people, died on March 23 at age 102.

Susannah Worth’s new body of work explores images of food and the significance of recording “culinary performances.”

London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law’s site-specific installation is a suspended garden comprising 30,000 flowers.

Sabina Ott reflects on the influences and processes behind her 8,000-cubic-foot foam mountain installation.

Women artists outnumber men by ten to four in the city-wide festival Glasgow International.

In her memoir, Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni imagines a future for her war-torn hometown of Homs.

ARTnews goes behind-the-scenes of Mary Weatherford’s Los Angeles studio.

The Los Angeles Times explores Zaha Hadid’s gender, ethnicity, and architectural legacy and ArtInfo lists 10 upcoming building projects that the architect worked on before her untimely death.

In a video, New York-based artist Carole Feurman discusses her hyper-realistic sculptures and artistic practice.

Aerialist turned improvisational performance artist Matilda Leyser discusses how motherhood led to greater creativity in her work.

The chair that author JK Rowling used to write the first two Harry Potter novels sold at auction for $394,000.

New Republic explores poet Adrienne Rich’s feminist awakening through examining her never-before-published letters.

The new biography The Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf, Literary Tastemaker Extraordinaire argues that Blanche was the more important and influential of the Knopf publishers.

NPR interviews Full Frontal’s Samantha Bee about finding stories, her feminist worldview, and how she feels liberated in her 40s.

Director and screenwriter Elaine May reflects on the public reception of the 1987 film Ishtar.

Rihanna talks about what it’s like to be a role model.

Shows We Want to See

Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian hosts a retrospective of 81-year-old painter Kay WalkingStick featuring 75 works.

Chinese artist Cao Fei explores dystopic scenarios in her first solo exhibition in the U.S. at MoMA PS1.

While grieving her partner’s death, Emma Levitt began knitting and piecing together her partner’s old clothes—ultimately creating a 14-foot-high tapestry, In the Presence of Absence. The work is included in the exhibition Getting Real, which highlights catharsis in art-making.

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