Art Fix Friday: September 2, 2016

Last Sunday, more than 700 women artists gathered outside of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in Los Angeles for a group photo. The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Artsy shared the story. The Art Newspaper called the event a “wake-up call that women artists still have a long way to go. It’s not a question of making history—it’s a question of fighting it.”

Artist Kim Schoenstadt began the project, Now Be Here, by emailing 200 of the city’s artists, who in turn forwarded the email to others. The gathering was, in part, inspired by Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s current exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016.

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Frances Morris, the head of Tate Modern, says the art world is “still a boys’ club.”

Hyperallergic examines Betty Tompkins’s “striking and unapologetic” works.

NO MAN’S LAND artist and Turner Prize nominee Helen Marten discusses how her assemblages defy easy categorization.

Hyperallergic discusses the “raw tenderness and explicit sexuality” in Catherine Opie’s intimate photographs.

Multimedia artist Wendy Red Star talks about contemporary Native American art, her artistic practice, and collaborating with her daughter.

As part of Simone Leigh’s The Waiting Room, the Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter collective unites against “institutionalized violence that continues to plague black communities.”

Juxtapoz shares Erika Lizée’s “ominous and mysterious” trompe-l’oeil installation.

Amber Cowan fuses fragments of vintage glass to create complex vessels and sculptures.

“Random items in Fluxus spirit exemplifies that everything is art” in Alison Knowles’s exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

The Art Newspaper and the Guardian explore Björk’s new exhibition.

In her series “Doubles,” Miranda Barnes explores the friendship between black twin girls.

Olek yarn-bombed a two-story house in Finland with pink crochet.

Costume designer Sandy Powell discusses working with Martin Scorsese, her favorite designs, and her early inspirations.

The New Yorker explores the life and work of piano prodigy Yuja Wang.

Ileana Cabra’s first solo album contains “folk-inspired ballads and infectious Latin jazz standards.”

New Marvel Comics covers show “a diverse field of heroes for the covers.”

Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, depicts a “country both blessed and doomed” during the global financial crisis of 2007 and 2008.

The New Yorker shares Bernadette Mayer’s poetry.

NPR shares an interview from October, 2015 with author Gloria Steinem.

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Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections at the Bruce Museum showcases works by established and emerging women artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, Betye Saar, Dana Schutz, and Tara Donovan.

Visitors wander through a “cardboard labyrinth” to view photographs of hundreds of visitors to the Perth Amboy home in Rachel Harrison’s installation at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

The Norwegian city of Bergen hosts seven exhibitions and events showcasing Lynda Benglis’s works throughout the year.

—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.

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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: June 3, 2016

The New York Times asks, “Broadway may not be so white, but is it woman enough?” Theater critics Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski discussed roles for women.

The Broadway musical Waitress, which just passed the million-dollar mark, and the play Eclipsed feature all-female creative teams. However, “women still lag far behind men as playwrights, composers, directors and designers.” About celebrated roles for women, Soloski says, “This season, I’ve worried that we still need to approach female characters as victims to accept them as heroes.”

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Micol Hebron draws attention to the underrepresentation of women artists in her Gallery Tally project. When asked about upsetting gallerists, Hebron responded, “I’m reporting the numbers. I’m not making them.”

Multimedia artist Margot Bowman uses technology to reimagine the selfie in art.

Colossal shares minimalist aquariums with 3D-printed flora designed by Haruka Misawa.

Havana-born artist Carmen Herrera, now 100 years old, has lived and worked in New York City for the past six decades—in relative obscurity for much of that time.

Japanese “vagina artist” Megumi Igarishi released a manga memoir illustrating her practice and backlash from Japanese authorities.

Illustrator and typographer Georgia Hill creates bold, letter-based murals.

San Francisco-based artist Meryl Pataky combines neon sculptures with organic forms.

Lexi Alexander, a former kickboxing champion, is the only woman to direct a major comic book superhero movie.

“For all practical purposes the history of silhouette animation begins and ends with [Lotte] Reiniger,” writes the Telegraph. A Google Doodle celebrated the anniversary of the German filmmaker’s birth.

Yvonne Koolmatrie, an Ngarrindjeri weaver from South Australia, wins the $50,000 Red Ochre art prize.

The New York Times interviews comedic actress Maria Bamford about mental illness and her Netflix show, Lady Dynamite.

The Ghostbusters reboot, featuring an all-female cast, faces “a buzz saw of sexist backlash.”

The New York Times reviews Rita Dove’s career-spanning Collected Poems: 1974–2004.

Art historian Reiko Tomii’s latest book “offers illuminating assessments” and “provides valuable investigative tools for carrying out this kind of fresh-spirited research.”

The Ruins of Civilization, a new play by Penelope Skinner, “suggests a bleak sociopolitical future that is within the realm of possibility.”

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The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art hosts an exhibition of photographs by Cindy Sherman—“one of the most influential photo artists of the late 20th century,” The Guardian shares Sherman’s theatrical self-portraits, which capture “the grotesque and the uncanny, the monstrously feminine, and the comedic worlds of haute couture.”

Diane Simpson’s window designs at MCA Chicago are “a distillation of Art Deco design and research.” For her sculptures, Simpson even repurposed wallpaper and linoleum flooring from the 1920s and ’30s.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents wooden dolls arranged in two tableaux vivantes by Canadian artist Ydessa Hendeles that are reminiscent of Pietà scenes, crime shows, and a controversial children’s book.

—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.

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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.

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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.

Art Fix Friday: November 13, 2015

Works by contemporary Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen are on view at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Hyperallergic explores the exhibition’s “one-of-a-kind haute couture that combines traditional and futuristic methods of creation such as 3D printing.” Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion features works from 2008 to 2015 displayed on custom mannequins.

The Washington Post notes that her clothes have been worn by popular artists including Lady Gaga, Björk and Beyoncé. Iris van Herpen’s designs range from garments made from magnetic fiber, to rubber ice crystals, to dresses that look electrified. One of her recent works—presented by actress Gwendoline Christie—integrated “a combination of hand- and robot-weaving.”

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Brooklyn photographer and writer Julia Sherman heads the Salad Garden performance art stage at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The stage features artists making salads and eating them on site.

Leading architect Jeanne Gang will design the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History. Gang plans to “improve visitor circulation and museum functionality, while tapping into the desire for exploration and discovery.”

Andrea Geyer discusses her artist residency at MoMA.

New Hampshire-based abstract painter Lucy Mink Covello discusses her process and inspirations.

Anthropologist Sarah Parcak received a one million dollar award from TED for her use of satellite imagery to track antiquities looters.

Performance artist Marina Abramović is being sued by her former collaborator, German artist Ulay.

Juxtapoz highlights Berlin-based artist Isa Genzken’s assemblage sculptures.

British powerhouse vocalist Adele tells The New York Times, “Everyone thinks I just disappeared, and I didn’t. I just went back to real life, because I had to write an album about real life, because otherwise how can you be relatable?”

Famed choreographer Twyla Tharp celebrates 50 years of creating stage and screen productions.

Women still account for just 20 percent of all directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers working on the top-grossing films.

Grey’s Anatomy actress Sara Ramirez discusses stereotypes, empathy, and activism in the arts.

The Waking the Feminists event at the Abbey Theatre drew 600 people together to call for equality for women in the arts.

NPR calls Ludmila Ulitskaya’s recent book, The Big Green Tent, a “masterpiece of massive ambition.”

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Hyperallergic examines Maggie Dunlap: Tender (left) and

Hyperallergic examines Maggie Dunlap: Tender (left) and The Visibility of Labor (right)

Hyperallergic reviews photographs and embroidery in Maggie Dunlap: Tender capturing the camaraderie of female friendship and focusing on historical imagery related to witchcraft and covens.

In The Visibility of Labor, Tsz Yan Ng’s work reveals “the human subtext in objects so easily taken for granted as to render their makers largely invisible.”

Although Winifred Knights died in obscurity at the age of 47, a new retrospective seven decades after Knights’s death re-establishes her as a leader of 20th-century British art.

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

Art Fix Friday: September 11, 2015

“Become a creative enabler. My secret to success is making sure others can be highly successful and productive too,” says NMWA Director Susan Fisher Sterling in the third installment of artnet’s “Women Share Their Secrets to Art World Success.

Female art world professionals shared words of wisdom for women looking to find their place in the arts. The latest group of 31 women work at top-tier galleries, PR firms, and auction houses. Check out artnet’s other survey responses in their first and second installments.

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Matika Wilbur attempts to photograph members of each federally recognized Native American tribe in the United States.

Iranian artist Atena Farghadani’s shook her lawyer’s hand and faces new charges including “indecent conduct.”

Actresses Sally Field and Miriam Colón, singer Meredith Monk, and visual artist Ann Hamilton will receive National Medals of Arts from the White House.

Hyperallergic examines Lorraine O’Grady’s 1983 performance piece Art Is…

The Huffington Post praises Doubleworld, the New Museum’s exhibition of Sarah Charlesworth’s photo-collages.

Saudi artist Arwa Alneami’s photographs and videos, Drop Zone, are named after her hometown’s amusement park, where women are not permitted to scream loudly on rides.

Melissa Cooke’s large-scale graphite drawings look like surrealistic black-and-white photographs.

Product designer Sara Little Turnbull died on Friday at age 97. The New York Times remembers the innovative artist for her diverse inspirations, ranging from geisha styles, to prison, to a Kenyan park.

Mozart’s sister—a child prodigy whose career ended at age 18—is the subject of a new play called The Other Mozart.

The Art Newspaper reviews Jesse Locker’s latest book, Artemisia Gentileschi: the Language of Painting.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards celebrated its 80th anniversary. Edith Anisfield Wolf created the award in 1935 to celebrate books that explored issues of race.

17th-century artist and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian’s fascination with butterflies is the subject of a new book. Hyperallergic’s review states the book shows how Merian “progressed from a young girl curious about the natural world, to one of the first researchers to examine butterflies in such detail.”

Brain Pickings shares portions of a 1968 interview between Janis Joplin and radio host Studs Terkel.

The Washington Post explores the recent publishing trend in memoirs of female rockers, attributed in part to the “different way that women rockers tell stories—with more humility and vulnerability than their male counterparts.”

Bustle recommends 17 nonfiction women-authored books, including works by Maya Angelou, Barbara Kingsolver, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Ieva Epnere’s latest exhibition contains videos, photographs, and tent-like installations that highlight the isolated beauty of a former mining town in Norway.

Tate Modern’s The World Goes Pop “provides a valuable corrective to the notion that Pop Art was a male preserve.” Including 25 female artists, the exhibition reveals how many women used Pop Art motifs to critique 1960s and ’70s social norms.

American minimalist Anne Truitt’s drawings are on display at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York. The Art Newspaper shares a video of the artist discussing her Tokyo period from 1964 to 1967.

—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.

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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.”

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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 10, 2015

Films featuring female protagonists have made strides at the box office. The New York Times film critics ask, “Has feminism conquered Hollywood? Has Hollywood co-opted feminism?”

Movies featuring women are becoming popular and sexist films are called out. Critic A.O. Scott wonders if this represents a “shift in consciousness, or at least a moment of awareness.” Critic Manohla Dargis agrees there is a “rising activism or maybe newfound gutsiness in the industry.” Vulture discusses four forms of discrimination women filmmakers often face.

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The women-only Murray Edwards College has a new 450-work collection of art by women—making it the second largest collection of art by women in the world.

The Independent explores how a new generation of women artists tackle painting. “It has never been that brilliant female painters didn’t exist, it’s just that they were blocked or hidden from public view.”

In celebration of Frida Kahlo’s (1907–1954) birthday on Monday, The Detroit Institute of Art offered discounted tickets to the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit exhibition. The Huffington Post gives advice on how to become like the Mexican painter. Latin Times shares the artist’s most memorable quotes, and CNN explores pictures of Kahlo’s private life.

“Stop Telling Women to Smile” artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh teamed up with King Texas to design t-shirts in remembrance of women lost to violence.

The Huffington Post has a list of ten more 19th-century American woman artists people should know. The list includes NMWA artists Lilly Martin Spencer, Bessie Potter Vonnoh, and Elizabeth Jane Gardner.

The first chapter of Harper Lee’s long-awaited but controversial Go Set A Watchman is available online.

Two new books about Agnes Martin explore the enigmatic artist’s life and work.

Beyoncé-inspired skyscraper will be built in Melbourne.

critique of the Amy Winehouse biopic says the film supports “clichés that plague women in art: that women can’t write their own music, or that they’re only famous because powerful male figures lifted them into the spotlight.”

NPR Music critic Ann Powers discusses the rise of the female pop stars.

The Guardian calls out a former Disney CEO for saying, “The hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman.” The Washington Post goes on to ask “How widespread is this prejudice against the pretty?”

Feminist performers in “Tall Women in Clogs” comment on how height can shape a woman’s identity.

Following Misty Copeland’s history-making appointment as the American Ballet Theater’s first African American principal dancer, The Huffington Post compiled a list of 26 talented African American choreographers and dancers.

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The National Portrait Gallery highlights rarely-seen portraits by Elaine de Kooning.

Tate Modern holds a retrospective of painter Sonia Delaunay.

Jenny Holzer: Softer Targets opens this Sunday at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston features over 150 polymorphic sculptures by Arlene Shechet.

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

Art Fix Friday: July 3, 2015

“The art world is screwed: systematically, historically,” says Arabelle Sicardi in this Jezebel article. Artists Sicardi and Tayler Smith describe the experience of seeing an uncredited reappropriation of their artwork by a Yale MFA student.

Sicardi writes, “How many women artists have been erased from museums through pre-Instagram modes of re-appropriation: their works attributed to male colleagues in their studios, their mentors or their lovers or more visible friends. How many women only get into museums by being muses, and never the artist themselves?”

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Misty Copeland made history this week as the first African-American principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theater’s 75-year history. BBCThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal explore Copeland’s successes. Copeland has graced the cover of Time, been in an Under Armour ad, and published a memoir. A mentor of Copeland, Raven Wilkinson, describes her own tumultuous history as a ballerina in the Jim Crow South in this article.

The performance artist Marina Abramović announced her funeral will be her last piece. Abramović wants three bodies buried in the cities she has lived in the longest.

Fashion designer Donna Karan steps down from her chief designer position. The Washington Post calls her “Seventh Avenue’s greatest advocate for professional women.”

Niki Johnson’s Eggs Benedict causes major controversy at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Commissioned graffiti in a tunnel in Mongolia raises awareness about violence against women.

Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg’s installation at Sculpture by the Sea looks like a library lining a mining shaft.

Only 24% of all plays produced in the U.S. in the 2014-2015 season were written by a woman. In an effort to increase visibility of female and transgender authors, a Los Angeles-based group of producers and playwrights compiled a list of 53 most recommended plays.

Author Helen Castor’s new book puts Joan of Arc in context.

SheKnows media company launches an audience-driven video series featuring emerging female entrepreneurs hoping to launch their businesses.

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The first art show for The Kills singer Alison Mosshart contains 127 works—many of which were created while the artist was on tour.

Hyperallergic explores “social justice advocacy as art” in Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence at the Brooklyn Museum.

Spaces of Mourning: Doris Salcedo brings a reviewer to tears. In this first comprehensive exhibition of the artist, “Salcedo focuses on the dirtied, repressed memories of society.”

Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post’s wardrobe is on view. Ingenue to Icon presents an autobiography of the philanthropist and collector through her clothes.

Throckmorton Fine Art holds a show of Mexican women photographers.

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