Women’s Work

On February 12, 2010 Linda Yablonsky wrote an article for The New York Times titled: Women’s Work.  More than half of the 55 artists selected for The Whitney Museum of American Art 75th Biennial are women.   This is a record but to the curators it was by chance.  Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari wanted “their survey, titled simply 2010, only to reflect the tenor of American art right now, which they see as ‘somber and intimate.’  Not feminine.”

Does 2010 achieve gender equality?

Yablonsky states:  “That would have been anathema in the 1970s and ’80s, when a gale force of feminism roared through every corridor of our culture and women made their own bodies a medium for art. In fact, many women selected for 2010 are simply making art and don’t believe their status as women has anything to do with how far they get with it — or not.”

Linda asserts that the women artists in the show are “preoccupied with the basics: material, color and form.”   Yes, women artists can do art that doesn’t include the female body to prove a point.

From the Whitney’s website: “The artists selected for this year’s exhibition provide diverse responses to the anxiety and optimism characteristic of this moment.”  From reading their statement, it does appear that the record of women artists could be by chance.  However, does it represent a collective shift in thinking regarding women artists?  Only history will have the answer.

Media in the exhibit includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance and installation.  The show dates are February 25th- May 30th, 2010.

Featured women artists:

1.  Tauba Auerbach

2.  Nina Berman

3.  Huma Bhabha

4.  Ellen Gallagher

5.  Dawn Clements

6.  Sarah Crowner

7.  Julia Fish

8.  Suzan Frecon

9.  Maureen Gallace

10.  Kate Gilmore

11.   Hannah Greely

12.   Sharon Hayes

13.   Jessica Jackson Hutchins

14.   Babette Mangolte

15.   Josephine Meckseper

16.   Kelly Nipper

17.   Lorraine O’Grady

18.   R.H. Quaytman

19.   Emily Roysdon

20.   Aki Sasamoto

21.   Aurel Schmidt

22.   Stephanie Sinclair

23.   Ania Soliman

24.   Tam Tran

25.   Kerry Tribe

26.   Lesley Vance

27.   Marianne Vitale

28.   Erika Vogt

29.   Pae White




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