Art Fix Friday: January 20, 2017

Women artists made headlines this week through a series of projects responding to the Presidential Inauguration. The Nasty Women Art Exhibition, which was held at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York, raised more than $42,000 in proceeds for Planned Parenthood. The Guardian and the Huffington Post explore how the exhibition came together. Mutual Art shares stories of the famous “nasty women” of art history and their pivotal works. Artemisia Gentileschi, Faith Ringgold, and Yoko Ono make the list.

Françoise Mouly, art director of The New Yorker, and her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman, received more than 1,000 submissions for RESIST!. The 40-page tabloid newspaper of comics and cartoons will be available around the country.

The We Make America group prepares for the Women’s Marches on Washington and New York by making signs, props, and banners to carry. War on Women, a self-described “feminist hardcore punk band,” inspires a series of protest postersArtist Coralina Meyer asks for contributions of used women’s underwear to make a quilt to fly at the Women’s March on Washington. Hyperallergic calls the project a “welcoming beacon for those hoping to air the nation’s dirty laundry.”

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NO MAN’S LAND artist Jennifer Rubell created a five-foot-tall orange cookie jar resembling one of Hillary Clinton’s iconic pantsuits. The sculpture, Vessel, will be filled with cookies made using Clinton’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Mickalene Thomas discusses her portraits of Michelle Obama and Solange Knowles.

In a tribute to President Obama, artist Emily Spivack opens the retail store “Medium White Tee”—a one-month installation at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

artnet shares a list of women artists whose works top the auction charts.

Hyperallergic says works by Elizabeth Murray “are so alive they leap off the wall.”

The Creators Project explores Pat Steir’s “Waterfall” series.

The documentary film Girl Power explores the lives of more than 25 women graffiti writers.

The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film shows that only 7% of all directors working on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases last year were women—2% less than the year before.

The New Yorker delves into Zadie Smith’s fifth novel, Swing Time.

Shows We Want to See

A focused exhibition featuring the work of American artist Barbara Kruger closes this Sunday at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, opening March 3, 2017 at the Brooklyn Museum, will examine O’Keeffe’s “enduring influence.”

In advance of her retrospective, Lubaina Himid discusses how black British art evolved over the past three decades. Himid says, “I was trying to place black people into historical events, to make the invisible more visible.”

Terrains of the Body, on view at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, consists of photographs and a video work on loan from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The Telegraphs calls the exhibition a “quiet, intelligent protest.”

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

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.”

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“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: May 27, 2016

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama tells the Guardian about her childhood, a letter from Georgia O’Keeffe, and that she thinks “[pumpkins] are the most humorous of vegetables.”

artnet shares a sneak-peek at Yayoi Kusama’s new works at London’s Victoria Miro Gallery, involving paintings, pumpkin sculptures, and mirror rooms.

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FBI Special Agent Meridith Savona tells ARTnews about her career investigating art crimes.

Hollow, an installation by Katie Paterson uses samples of wood from 10,000 different trees collected by the artist over three years.

“I am fighting photography with photography,” says Ayana Jackson. In her work, Jackson explores how photography shaped the narratives of African-Americans and Africans.

Cindy Sherman’s new photographs take inspiration from 1920s-era film stars.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico purchased a rarely seen abstract O’Keeffe painting titled The Barns, Lake George (1926) for $3.3 million.

“The virtual is compelling because it mixes the artificial with an unpredictable sense of the real,” says Claudia Hart about her 3D simulations.

Mexican conceptual artist Minerva Cuevas’s site-specific interventions address social and political concerns.

“I’m inspired by errors,” says 78-year-old Hungarian artist Dora Mauer in an interview with the Telegraph.

The Art Newspaper profiles several of China’s rising female artists—who are still overwhelmingly outnumbered by their male contemporaries.

Elaine Reichek embroiders expressive tableaus inspired by ancient Greek mythology.


The Huffington Post shares Olek’s recent work

Olek re-creates a massive, crocheted front page of The New York Times to drape over the facade of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Guardian charts illustrator and journalist Molly Crabapple’s path toward sketching in Guantánamo Bay and publishing her memoir, Drawing Blood.

Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, “shows the unmistakable touch of a gifted writer.”

A new book by Anna Beer profiles women composers dating back to the 17th century.

Candice Hoyes’s debut jazz album showcases the singer’s “operatic voice and soulful style.”

Design critic Alice Rawsthorn discusses why some of the greatest designers tend to be outsiders.

San Juan-based artist and educator Beatriz Santiago Muñoz creates films about the Caribbean’s colonial past that are “half-documentary and half-fantasy.”

Shows We Want to See

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann uses acrylic paint, Sumi ink, and collage on enormous sheets of paper to create works that result in a “precarious balance of harmony and clangor.”

Mami features works by women artists of African descent, revolving around Mami Wata—the water spirit revered in West, Central, and Southern Africa, and the African diaspora.

Los Angeles-based artist Nicole Miller investigates the landscapes of marginalized communities through the lens of socioeconomic status, race, and gender in Every Word Said: History Lessons from Athens and Tucson.

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

Art Fix Friday: January 1, 2016

The Telegraph examines the status of women in the art world. Although women have made strides with high-profile museum exhibitions in the last year, there is still a huge price gap. Bonhams reports that only 19 of the top 500 artists sold by value last year were women—showing how women artists are “woefully undervalued.”

Although Georgia O’Keeffe broke the record for a price at auction by a woman artist, she still does not come close to the latest record-setting work by a male artist. This year, Picasso’s Les Femme d’Alger (Version “0”) earned a $179 million price tag at auction.

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Police denied permission for an exhibition of Mathilde Grafström’s photographs of nudes to be shown in Copenhagen’s Nytorv square on the grounds that they are “indecent.”

The Boston Globe highlights the city’s successful public displays of art by women in 2015, including works by Janet Echelman, Joan Jonas, Helen Frankenthaler—among others.

Broadly examines the theme of revenge in paintings by 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi.

Pastel artist Zaria Forman honors her mother’s memory and raises awareness about climate change through large-scale Arctic seascapes.

Artslant shares its favorite interviews from 2015, including discussions with artists Cecily Brown, Hito Steyerl, Lesley Dill, Martine Syms, Laure Prouvost, and Zina Saro-Wiwa, and Frances Stark.

Artinfo highlights the promotion of women artists in 2015.

The Independent profiles 70-year-old Maggi Hambling—one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists—who says, “You can still say something with oil paint that you can’t with photography or film.”

Mic features 13 feminist Tumblr artists who turned their blogs into online galleries.

Women in the music world broke records in 2015.

The Guardian describes Star Wars: The Force Awakens as “the feminist punch-the-air moment we’ve all been desperately waiting for.”

The Atlantic describes popular novels that feature “ill-natured, brilliantly flawed female protagonists,” illustrating that female characters do not have to be likable.

Dakotah storyteller Mary Louise Defender Wilson won a $50,000 United States Artist Fellowship.

Shows We Want to See

LoudArt in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah covers “controversial themes such as gender issues, freedom and an identity crisis.” Led by curator Raneen Farid Bukhari, the event “reflects the efforts by young Saudi women to expand their role in public life.”

Hyperallergic instructs visitors to get caught up in the “mathematics of identity, in the rights and wrongs of the art world, and in the aesthetics of documentation as art” in the exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers. The exhibition features photography, film, collage, performance documentation, and writing.

Surfacing at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum will include two temporary “escapist” exhibits that spotlight water-themed works by painter Samantha French and photographer Rhea Pappas.

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

Art Fix Friday: December 4, 2015

The significant number of works by women at this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach has the art world buzzing.

Highlighting a handful of young artists at the main fair, The Wall Street Journal includes noteworthy Moroccan artist Yto Barrada’s exhibit evoking a natural-history museum and Mexican artist Fritzia Irizar’s gold-threaded Phrygian hat.

The Frisky lists 15 works by women artists who exhibited at Art Basel, including Hannah Wilke, Helen Frankenthaler, Marina Abramović, and Kara Walker. The Observer also selects seven must-see booths, including works by Rosalyn Drexler, Louise Nevelson, Emily Sundblad, and Zilia Sánchez.

A showcase by collectors Don and Mera Rubell, No Man’s Land, presents work by more than 100 women artists. The Guardian writes, “The whole presentation works more than fine as an art world cross-section, and you really don’t miss the men.”

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Three decades after her tragic death, Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta “seems to inspire, generally: devotion, even obsession.”

Hyperallergic explores the fluid, abstract works of Philadelphia-based painter Jan Baltzell.

Examining femininity and domesticity, Patty Carroll’s “Anonymous Women” photos depict textile-cloaked women blending into their environments.

Dickey Chapelle, the first American woman photojournalist killed in action, captured historical moments from Iwo Jima to the Vietnam War.

This year’s Pirelli calendar—famous for featuring sexualized, nude models—features women role models under the direction of photographer Annie Leibovitz.

B.A. Shapiro’s new novel, The Muralist, tells the fictional story of two Abstract Expressionist painters.

Slate writer Anne E. Fernald traces the links between Gertrude Stein and Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown.

Known for her pioneering work in Islamic feminism, Moroccan writer and sociologist Fatima Mernissi died Monday at the age of 75.

Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba discusses acting, smiling, and her ten-year ice skating career.

Critiquing Hollywood image and weight standards for actresses, Star Wars star Carrie Fisher says, “They don’t want to hire all of me—only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing.”

A new play for the Royal Shakespeare Company, written by Helen Edmunson, delves into Queen Anne’s relationship with the aristocrat Sarah Churchill.

Blank on Blank animates an interview with Nina Simone and European jazz singer Lillian Terry, which progresses from a discussion of pop culture to violence.

Shows We Want to See

Haunting panel scenes by married artists Iri and Toshi Maruki encapsulate the horrors they witnessed three days after the atomic bomb exploded in Hiroshima in 1945.

Hyperallergic reviews Mary Heilmann’s works, which combine “a do-it-yourself ethic with a vision of unconventional domesticity.”

A Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in Grenoble, France includes O’Keeffe’s paintings alongside the works of her contemporaries. The Huffington Post explores the exhibition’s abstracted floral imagery and the artist’s success in “escaping the classic images of female sexuality.”

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

Art Fix Friday: September 4, 2015

The Huffington Post examines the last ten years of auction sales to determine the top ten most expensive works by women artists.

The 2014 sale of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson weed/White flower no. 1 (1932) for $44 million leads the list, followed by a painting by Joan Mitchell for $12 million. Mitchell, however, ranks first in value, with 407 lots sold at a total value of $286,117,725.

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Lego designs a Yoko Ono figurine in honor of the artist’s MoMA retrospective.

Natasha Kroupensky and Aline Herrera are two of the young artists behind the Mexico City art collective Tlatoa.

Bay area-based photographer Molly Matalon explores relationships and femininity in her work.

Juxtapoz praises the work of Tokyo-based photographer Monika Mogi.

ARTnews follows New York-based poet, artist, model, and DJ Juliana Huxtable. In her work, Huxtable explores identity, race, gender, and queerness as mediums to explore post-identity politics.

Ceramic sculptures by South Korean artist Haejin Lee appear to unravel.

Artist Nitzan Kish uses a 3D printer to create modular self-defense outfits for women.

NPR examines Linda Hirshman’s joint biography of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Slate reviews the state of music’s hot 100 list, “women not only don’t dominate the pop charts, but occupy a smaller share than they have since the early ’80s.”

Danish musician Amalie Bruun is the woman behind the black metal project Myrkur.

While many music festivals fail to book enough woman-fronted bands, Burger A Go Go hosts an all-girl lineup.

The gender ratio in Bollywood is 6.2 men to every one woman—worse than the average of 3.9 men to every 1 woman in popular films across 11 countries.

Women discuss gender equality in animation following a popular Buzzfeed article on the subject.

Shows We Want to See

The Galerie Jaeger Bucher in Paris hosts Evi Keller: Matière-Lumière, featuring a projection room with the artist’s audiovisual work, photographic prints, and installations.

The Denver Art Museum will have a major exhibition of women Abstract Expressionists in summer 2016.

Before moving to Milwaukee, Michelle Grabner’s Oak Park garage gallery, The Temporary Suburban, is on view in Indianapolis.

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

Art Fix Friday: August 7, 2015

“To me, they are art world royalty,” said a Whitney Museum curator about the famous feminist art collective.

The Guerrilla Girls posted a video of themselves celebrating their 30th year. Several members, including those with the pseudonyms “Frida Kahlo” and “Käthe Kollwitz,” talk to The New York Times about the continuing gender inequities in the art world.

The New York Times charts the Guerrilla Girls’ evolution. After three decades, their mission for equality is far from over. The group first collaborated in 1985 in response to a MoMA exhibition featuring 165 artists—less than ten percent of whom were women.

Joyce Kozloff recaps her meeting with Georgia O’Keeffe in the artist’s home in 1972.

Artnews visits sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard in her Brooklyn studio.

Hyperallergic finds only five public statues of historical women in New York City.

In honor of the Tate Modern retrospective of Agnes Martin, Artnews posts a throwback article about the artist’s minimalist grid paintings.

A new anti-street harassment mural is unveiled outside a Brooklyn grocery store.

The New Yorker article “A Ghost in the Family” shares how artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee formed a family around McGee’s daughter by his first wife, artist Margaret Kilgallen, after Kilgallen’s tragic death.

Artist Maxine Helfman’s “Historical Correction” series re-creates old Flemish portraits by replacing the posed subjects with men and women of color.

A new study says women make up 60% of museum staffs, but minorities only account for 28% of positions.

“Word to The Woman”—Solange Knowles’s newest collaboration with Puma—features 14 innovative women from different backgrounds.

Artnet celebrates artist Hedda Sterne’s birthday with six of her most famous quotes.

The Independent analyzes the role and prevalence of female comics in Hollywood.

Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives features essays by 22 writers, most of them women.

The Guardian reviews five female-friendly comic book film adaptations.

Covered in Ink surveys numerous ways women in [tattoo] culture are marginalized.”

The Guardian posts an obituary for film noir star Coleen Gray.

Shows We Want to See

Curators Day + Gluckman features 24 women artists that provide “a snapshot of the evolving conversations that continue to contribute to the mapping of a women’s place in British society.”

One of the newest contemporary art galleries in Los Angeles exhibits works by eight women artists.

Swedish artist Hannah Liden’s bagel sculptures are installed at three New York locations.

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

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.”

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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.