Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood

The December/January issue of The Brooklyn Rail is online, so go check out my article about contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood. I mean, come on, isn’t the entire messy process of creation, birth, and childrearing the ultimate unexplored content for conceptually-rooted art practice? “Ever since the Abstract Expressionists held forth at the Cedar Tavern in … read more… “Neo-Maternalism: Contemporary artists’ approach to motherhood”

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Joan Snyder receives MacArthur genius award

The MacArthur Foundation profile of Joan Snyder declares that her paintings “mirror her personal experience, but, at the same time, the visual messages she provides through her images convey universal and readily understood emotions. Through a fiercely individual approach and persistent experimentation with technique and materials, Snyder has extended the expressive potential of abstract painting … read more… “Joan Snyder receives MacArthur genius award”

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Feminism, painting and New York City in the 1970’s

In the Brooklyn Rail, Deborah Kass remembers how NYC’s Second Wave Feminists changed the course of painting history in the 1970’s: “When I served burgers at the Broome Street Bar and lived in a loft on West Broadway next to Towers Cafeteria, soon to be The Odeon, there were several women artists along with Elizabeth … read more… “Feminism, painting and New York City in the 1970’s”

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Criticism and geographic context

Regina Hackett blogs in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that critics’ choices and interpretations are informed by geographic context: “In Roberta Smith’s obit, Elizabeth Murray became a step in a fictional staircase, one of four painters — Philip Guston, Frank Stella and Brice Marden — who ‘during the 1970s rebuilt the medium from scratch, recomplicating and expanding … read more… “Criticism and geographic context”

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Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries

In ArtForum, Linda Yablonsky reports that the “Elizabeth Murray Praise Day” at the Bowery Poetry Club, sponsored by Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, “provided a blend of the poignant and the comic that threatened to bring it closer to a Saturday Night Live skit shredding avant-garde performance practice than an actual art-world remembrance….One after another, … read more… “Elizabeth Murray: tributes and obituaries”

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IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon

On Sunday, at her home in upstate New York, Elizabeth Murray died of complications from lung cancer. She was duly renowned as a passionate, energetic, and ambitious painter whose work is in collections all over the world. Yet Murray is rarely credited with helping to forge a neo-feminist vision of the triumphant, uber-artist who is … read more… “IMHO: Elizabeth Murray, a neo-feminist icon”

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