In the recent months, there have been countless cases reported of sexual misconduct and harassment, with hundreds of women courageously coming forward, inadvertently inspiring the #metoo movement. Thousands of more women are following in their footsteps, shining a light on the harsh realities that millions of women face every day. Their stories speak of the inequalities women go through in all aspects of life: from the objectification of women to the inferiority stereotype endured throughout history.
The art world has not been free of such issues. Women artists have experienced their own share of misogyny. It is to no surprise that women artists have always struggled to receive the credit and recognition they very well deserve, independent of gender barriers, and allowing their art to speak for itself.
In every art historical movement engaging with Abstraction, women artists have been at the forefront, side by side the men, yet our cultural institutions have canonized the latter, causing a great number of women to be forgotten or left in their shadows. While the gender issue in the arts was addressed by the feminist movement around 1968, there were countless of female artists that did not want to be further defined by their gender, but instead, wanted to let their work speak for itself, taking gender entirely out of the equation. Most of these artists, however, were not given the chance to prove their creative worth.
At Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. our team is comprised mostly of women, and we feel compelled to participate in the conversation, and bridge the gender gap by showcasing a selection of works by seven Latin American women artists working within the field of Abstraction: Inés Bancalari, Lidya Buzio, Marta Chilindron, María Freire, Gego, Sarah Grilo, and Amalia Nieto.
These artists are prime examples of autonomy for gender studies on women working within modern and contemporary art. Their rich, bold and creatively independent artwork showcases each artists' unique abstract language.