Bernarducci Meisel Gallery presents, Painting the Visible World: American Women Realists, opening June 8 and on view through July 22, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Jody B. Cutler, an art historian who has followed closely naturalistic directions in postwar painting by women. For those artists included, the visible world is both starting point and foothold. Attention to light effects tied to specific settings is notable across the landscapes, still lifes, architectural subjects, street scenes, and figure compositions featured; while individualistic, divergent sensibilities are also brought to the fore through this gathering.
Leigh Behnke (b. 1946) Martha Diamond (b. 1944)
Jane Dickson (b. 1952) Lois Dodd (b. 1927)
Martha Mayer Erlebacher (1937) Janet Fish (b. 1938)
Audrey Flack (b. 1931) Jane Freilicher (1924 – 2014)
Nancy Hagin (b. 1940) Yvonne Jacquette (b. 1934)
Sylvia Maier (b. 1969) Catherine Murphy (b. 1946)
Sylvia Plimack Mangold (b. 1938) Joan Semmel (b. 1934)
Idelle Weber (b. 1932) Jane Wilson (1924 – 2015)
“At least since Linda Nochlin’s towering essay, ‘Why have there been no Great Women Artists,’ (1971) feminist art scholars and curators have understood their collective task as two-fold: deconstructing categorical boundaries to address systemic exclusion through male-driven criteria, and correctives to patriarchic art historical narratives. A follow-up deluge of critical and curatorial work targeting these ends continues to be revelatory to the present, especially in the sphere of postwar abstract art, entrenched from the start as male terrain. The pattern persists with Pop Art, and one of its off-shoots, Photorealism—where this exhibition begins—with Audrey Flack, the only women widely associated with its incarnation. One strain of revived Realism takes off from there, via similar visual aids and techniques in translating photographs into paintings. Another approach evolved in the orbit of Abstract Expressionism; yet, another, Realist lineage in American art through institutional training and association; and finally, an unintended, figurative “New York School.” This selection is meant to indicate the broader scope of potentially relevant material, and correlative to the production of male peers still more often associated with contemporary American Realism.”
For further information or images please contact Leah Guadagnoli at [email protected] or (212) 593-3757. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:30pm through June and Tuesday through Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm during the month of July.