Amaranth Ehrenhalt, “Gala,” 1959, 54.5 x 76, oil on canvas
New at the Gallery: Some Artists (Who Are Women)
Lawrence Fine Art is pleased to present “Some Artists (Who Are Women)” which will open on September 20th and continue for two months. The exhibition will include work by Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Louise Fishman, Jane Freilicher, Sonia Gechtoff, Harriette Joffe and Jane Wilson. All works are for sale. If you cannot make the show, all works are visible on Artsy here or contact us for a list of works available.
A well-timed show at the Denver Art Museum two years ago explored the contribution of the “Women of Abstract Expressionism” such as Elaine DeKooning, Joan Mitchell and Grace Hartigan. Since then, museums and collectors have begun to reappraise the works of and the prices of women artists in general.
Many of the women in this exhibition were indeed victims of a misogynistic art world, especially those who began to work in the 1950s. Amaranth Ehrenhalt, for one, remembers omitting her first name early in her career, because she knew that, as a woman, she would not get the same consideration as men. Indeed, she remembers one reviewer for the New York Herald telling her that he would not have reviewed her work had he known she was a woman.
Yet, at the same time, many of these artists–ones the gallery has spoken with and those who leave behind well-documented biographies–express a desire not to be regarded as female artists but just as artists. Pioneering AbEx artist Sonia Gechtoff is quoted as saying: “I wasn’t the least bit interested in feminist art, and I still am not. We were feminist before the feminists came along.” The one exception to this might be Louise Fishman whose abstractions attempt to reappropriate the very macho tradition of abstract expressionism.
The purpose of this exhibition is to begin to do what these great artists wanted us to do all along–to regard their work, in front of us, as it is. We invite you to examine their paint treatment, their compositional skills, their use of color, shape and form–to view the work as art by artists trying, as all artists do, to have us see anew.