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#WomensArtWednesday Juliana Huxtable is a New York based visual artist, poet, DJ, and model. Huxtable's work combines cultural histories to question the restrictions of identity -- oftentimes using her own body as a subject. Huxtable frequently poses in intentionally hyper-sexualized styles as a critique of the artistic stereotypes surrounding black women and identity. This piece, Untitled In The Rage, was done in 2015.
Helen Frankenthaler was an abstract expressionist in the 1950s. She was the first to develop the "Color Field" method of abstract painting. One day while she was away from her studio, her boyfriend at the time (NYC's most prominent art critic, Clement Greenberg) let the male artist Morris Lewis into her studio to introduce him to Color Field Painting. Greenberg then started to promote Lewis's Color Field Paintings, without ever giving Helen credit for the original idea. Needless to say, the relationship didn't last long after that...
#WomensArtWednesday Victoria Villasana is a Mexican textile artist who shows her work both in the gallery and on the street. She creates these stunninggg images to celebrate cross-cultural identity and collaborative art making. She puts her money where her mouth is, being known to connect and collaborate with artists from all over the world through social media. Geographic borders be damned!
#WomensArtWednesday — 'The Psyche" painted by Berthe Morisot in 1876. Berthe showed work in 7 out of 8 Impressionist exhibitions (not even Monet showed in that many!) and was considered one of the most accomplished and respected artists of the Impressionist movement.
#WomensArtWednesday — Njideka Akunyili Crosby is a Nigerian-American muti-media artist. She uses collages of old family photographs, media images, and newspaper clippings overlaid with paint and digital illustration to create her dreamy pieces. We could look at her work all day, and apparently we're not the only one's think so -- Akunyili Crosby was just awarded the McArthur Foundation Genius Grant for 2017.
#WomensArtWednesday Cristy C. Road is a Cuban-American illustrator who creates eye-catching images to explore themes of social justice. Where punk rock meets graphic novels, meets feminism, meets high art, you’ll find Cristy C. Road and we L O V E it. Not only is she an illustrator, she is also lead guitarist and vocalist for the punk band The Homewreckers. So happy #WomensArtWednesday to you all, and rock on.
#WomensArtWednesday — Elisabetta Siriani was an Italian painter in the Baroque era who grew up in an artistic household. Though her father was initially reluctant to train her as an artist, she soon surpassed his skill and clout and became the head of their family studio. This role positioned Siriani as sole breadwinner for her family of 5. She taught students and took commissions like it was her job (because it was) and produced over 200 works during her career. She was known around Bologna for accepting young women painters into her studio and teaching them the tricks of the trade. (First female art academy in Italy, what what!!) Sadly, Siriani died under “mysterious circumstances” at the age of only 27.
#WomensArtWednesday — Here by popular demand (and we whole-heartedly agree!) we give you Shirin Neshat! Neshat is an Iranian-born photographer, videographer, and feminist historian. Raised in both Western and Muslim traditions, Neshat’s work aims to examine the role of women in various societies around the world. She came up in the 1970s art scene, though she is still living and working today. Visit her website for more info and talks from the artist herself.
#WomensArtWednesday Contemporary digital illustrator Manjit Thapp creates these dreamy images, most often of female subjects. Find her on our “five favorite follows” page or go straight to the GRAM @manjitthapp to see more of her ethereal, eye-catching work.
#WomensArtWednesday — the extraordinary pottery of the Juan Mata Ortíz villiage in Chihuahua, Mexico. What you see here is a 600 year old tradition, revitalized by the women ceramicists of the Juan Mata Ortíz villiage in the 1970s to allow their small community enter the international art market (an effort which was successful, by the way!) and reclaim the traditions of their Pueblo ancestors. This piece was done by Mata Ortíz potter Graciela Maritnez Flores.