Happy New Year! I bring you this Medieval Manuscript of Ancient Greek artist Thamyris (Timarete) painting her picture of the goddess Diana by an Unknown Artist. One of the six female artists of antiquity mentioned in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History 77 BCE; Timarete, Irene, Calypso, Aristarete, Iaia, & Olympias. How wonderful to be part of that legacy!
As I ponder the art world from my abode, I see very little locally to write about this month. Instead, I turn to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. as they happen to have the most comprehensive online exhibitions featuring women artists. Of special focus are a series of online exhibitions “The Book as Art” that reveal the myriad ways that artists transform books. “The Book as Art: Altered Albums” particularly caught my attention. The small exhibit features truly amazing examples by Mary Bennett, H. Terry Braunstein, Sandra Jackman, Kerry Miller, M. L. Van Nice, and Mary Perrin.
The Museum of Modern Art has an online virtual exhibition of Surrealist Women presented in video form. Includes examples by Claude Cahun, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Meret Oppenheim and Remedios Varo. Enjoy!
Finally, since we are only viewing art online, we can head over to the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut to peruse their current exhibition, Some Day is Now: Women, Art & Social Change. The exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America and presents iconic American female artists whose work advocates for social empowerment and change. The exhibit features works by Ghada Amer, Elizabeth Catlett, Guerrilla Girls, Martine Gutierrez, Jenny Holzer, Mary Kelly, Sister Corita Kent, Annette Lemieux, Ana Mendieta, Aliza Nisenbaum, Yoko Ono, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Martha Rosler, Betye Saar, Cauleen Smith, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Nancy Spero, Stephanie Syjiuco, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems. Here is a link to video of the exhibit.
Thru January 24, 2021.