In an earlier post, I objected to the absence of women in “Process/Abstraction,” a group show at Paul Kasmin that mixes younger artists with old-timers like Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Kenneth Noland. Why does it matter? First of all, group exhibitions that lack gender diversity are so rare these days that when one comes along, unless related to the theme of the exhibition, gender exclusivity seems reactionary and out of touch. More importantly, when galleries attempt to influence contemporary art history on their artists’ behalf by presenting shows like this, they need to tell a more complete story. Instead of just complaining, I decided put together a list of women whose work the gallery might have thought to include. Of course there are plenty of other candidates, so feel free to add suggestions in the Comments section.
Linda Besemer, “Double Wave #1,” 2008, acrylic paint, 60 x 44.” Image courtesy of Angles Gallery in LA.
EJ Hauser, “please jump around here,” 2010, oil and enamel on panel, 56″ wide x 72″ high x 1.75″ deep.
Nathlie Provosty, “Beekeeper,” 2010, oil on canvas, 44 x 36.”