Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Seductive Subversion

Marjorie Strider, Triptych II (Beach Girl), 1964. Acrylic on board, 72 x 52 in. (182.9 x 132.1 cm) each. Courtesy of Michael Chutko and WikiPop.

I recently had the chance to visit "Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968" at the Brooklyn Museum, and to write a review for the Gallery Crawl website, and have to say that I was very impressed with what I saw in this show. Who knew that there were so many female Pop artists? I pretty much always enjoying my visits to the Brooklyn Museum, and this show is definitely a reason to head over there:

Name one female Pop artist.  Go on, just one.  While men such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol easily come to mind as the epitome of the movement, possibly with Tom Wesselmann or James Rosenquist thrown in for good measure,  women like Evelyne Axell, Vija Celmins and Idelle Weber are probably not very high on your mental list of notables, if any of their names register at all.  “Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968,” now on display at the Brooklyn Museum, hopes to not only rectify this omission, but to expand the previously narrow definition of Pop art as well.  This means allowing for a wide array of work – some of which, while clearly influenced by Pop art, is not entirely of it – produced by a surprisingly international group of artists, many of whom are only now receiving the recognition they so clearly deserve.

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