Images: Postwar Women

May Stevens, “War Room”, 1968, gouache and ink on paper, 22 7/8 x 34 inches

Contributed by Sharon Butler / “Postwar Women” is a big group exhibition of more than forty female artists, active from 1945-1965, who studied at The Art Students League. The League, which, with its focus on painting, sculpture, and printmaking, seems very old-school now. It was originally founded in 1875 by independent-minded students who were looking for an alternative to the traditional approach at the National Academy of  Design. Back in the day, students, even women, could pursue their work unconstrained by “dogma, politics, or heavy tuition fees.” Some in the show, like Joyce Pensato, Grace Hartigan, and Louise Bourgeois, are more widely recognized than others, but all of the artists are worth getting to know. Here are a few images.

Lynn Umlauf, #254 February 5, 1988, galvanized wire grid, fiberglass, acrylic, 14 x 40 x 32 inches
Installation shot.
Installation shot.
Vivian Browne, Dancing Figures, 1968, oil on canvas, 48 1/2 x 52 inches
Joyce Pensato, Untitled Mickey Donald Scottie, 1990
Isabel Bishop, The Conversation, 1931, oil and tempera on gessoed panel, 15 1/8 x 10 inches
Installation shot.

Special Exhibition: Postwar Women,” curated by William Corwin and featuring Berenice Abbott, Mary Abbott, Olga Albizu, Janice Biala, Isabel Bishop, Nell Blaine, Regina Bogat, Louise Bourgeois, Vivian Browne, Elizabeth Catlett, Dorothy Dehner, Elaine de Kooning, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Perle Fine, Helen Frankenthaler, Judith Godwin, Terry Haass, Grace Hartigan, Carmen Herrera, Eva Hesse, Faith Hubley, Lenore Jaffee, Gwendolyn Knight, Lee Krasner, Blanche Lazzell, Marguerite Louppe, Lenita Manry, Marisol, Mercedes Matter, Kazuko Miyamoto, Louise Nevelson, Charlotte Park, Joyce Pensato, Irene Rice Pereira, Mavis Pusey, Faith Ringgold, Edith Schloss, May Stevens,  Yvonne Thomas, Lynn Umlauf, Maria Vieira da Silva, Merrill Wagner, Joyce Weinstein, Michael West.

The Art Students League: The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 215 West 57th Street, New York, NY. Through December 1, 2019.

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