Marjorie Acker Phillips – Painter / Collector

3/15/18 Marjorie Acker Phillips is perhaps most known as co-founder of the Phillips Collection which is an “intimate museum combined with an experiment station.” Duncan Phillips This collection is located in in Washington, D.C. and was a collaborative effort of both Marjorie and Duncan. I became aware of Acker-Phillips at an exhibit that’s currently open […]

Eva Hesse – A Post Minimalist Leader

3/5/18 So often in life, it’s through tragedy that evolution and creativity emerge. This seems like a constant theme with artists. Eva Hesse, had a short lived but provocative career. She is credited with being one of the first artists to move from Minimalism to Post Minimalism. Post Minimalist work uses Minimalism as a starting […]

16th Century Feminist – Artemisia Gentileschi

1/30/18 Women throughout history have often fought for their place in what’s historically been a male dominated world. Forms of abuse or suppression from full participation in life are apt motivators toward rebellion of all kinds. For Artemisia Gentileschi like many other women artists the story isn’t so different. Born in 1593 she was the […]

Strength in Immediacy and Helen Frankenthaler

12/27/17 Helen Frankenthaler was an American icon in the era of Abstract Expressionism. She’s been credited with initiating the subsequent movement of Color Field Painting where simplified compositions using large masses of color became part of the canvas.   Her soak-stain technique was the pathway to this new form of abstraction and consisted of a […]

Abstract Expressionist – Lee Krasner

12/12/17 Lena(Lee) Krasner is probably most commonly known as the wife of Jackson Pollock. However, she deserves her own recognition as a female icon in the world of Abstract Expressionism. Born in the United States in 1908 just a few weeks after arriving with her mother and siblings from Russia to meet up with their […]

Sarah Bernhardt – The Sculptor

11/22/17 Sarah Bernhardt is most widely known for her abilities as an actress during the 19th century and developed quite a reputation in that arena. What I was surprised to learn about her today was that she was quite skilled as a sculptor. She took up this interest around 1869 and was encouraged by Mathieu […]

The Pseudonym a Necessary Tool

11/6/17 Did you know a number of women Abstract Expressionists resorted to changing their names to combat oppression by their male counterparts? Not an uncommon act throughout history really, but it’s always interesting to see this documented and validated in writing.   The artist I have featured here is Michael West (1908-1991). Michael West was […]