Women Artists Celebrate Women’s History Month

Women Artists Celebrate Women’s History Month

Quick: How many women artists can you name who have become household names? Off the top of my head: Vigée Le Brun, Vanessa Bell, Gwen John, Bridget Riley, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Sonia Delaunay, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Barbara Hepworth, Yoko Ono, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Alice Neel, Cindy Sherman, Cecily Brown, Inka Essenhigh, Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer … By any standard of achievement, male or female, this is hardly a shabby list. But for every female artist who has made it to the A-list sorority, hundreds are painting, drawing, photographing and sculpting in relative obscurity. March being Women’s History Month is a good time to discover more about the fairer sex’s contribution to the visual arts.

The exhibition “Celebrate Women!” at the NAWA Gallery in the Garment District, thru March 28—a platform for six contemporary members of the National Association of Women Artists Inc. (NAWA): Sandra Bertrand, Nancy Coleman Dann, Susan G. Hammond, Natalia Koren Kropf, Leah Raab and Carole Richard Kaufmann—is a good place to begin the discovery process.

Bertrand’s figurative, landscape and seascape paintings are bold and expressionistic. It should come as no surprise that her oil of fellow artist Georgia O’Keeffe, taken from an Alfred Stieglitz photograph and pictured in the slide show below, is included in the exhibition. Dann’s preferred medium is paper, which she tears and punctures for her collages; Hammond photographs in black and white; and Kropf’s love of dance and movement inform and energize her prints. Rabb’s atmospheric landscapes depict her impressions of life in New York and Israel, while Kaufmann’s drawings meld her extensive travels in the East with her passion for feminism and politics.

Six women artists: Sisters, yes, but individuals first.

NAWA Gallery, 315 W. 39th St., Suite 508, 212.675.1616, www.thenawa.org. The Gallery is open Tu-F 10 am-5 pm. Free.

 

 

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