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 […]

A Woman of Fiber and Light

9/8/17 I came across a series of contemporary pieces of art at the Philadelphia museum recently. Hanging threads of knotted plastic some with bright color some with more organic natural tones. I wanted to touch them and “understand”. While I could see the connection between the works they were also very different and I’ll say […]

Perfect Little Girls

8/28/17 Marie Laurencin a French painter, became one of the few women connected with the Cubist movement, a male dominated group of artists like many of the other art movements through history. Ms. Laurenin started out being educated as a porcelain painter later deciding to focus on oil painting studying in Paris at the Académie […]

A Woman Land Artist

8/16/17 What is a land artist? To be honest this is a question I asked myself when I came across an article on it. The movement emerged during the 1960’s and 70’s in part as a statement in opposition to the idea that gallery’s and museums were the only places of artistic activity. At the […]

Miniatures to Murals Unhinged

8/4/17 “What does an image mean when it’s unhinged from it’s own representation.” Shahzia Sikander Shahzia Sikander is a contemporary artist who’s voice seems poignant and relevant. This statement is from an interviews with her that I recently listened to. I resonated with it because it made me consider more deeply the meaning of things […]