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The VRC has just added images to MDID from the new catalogue, Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is?, which features a comprehensive selection of artist Rosalyn Drexler's major paintings and early sculptures that hadn't been exhibited since 1960. The publication also includes various archival materials, documentation of her performances/ theatrical work, and photos recalling her role in the downtown New York scene.
Pick up the book on our New Books shelf if you like what you see!
All photos: Rosalyn Drexler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Just in time for the last day of Women's History Month, the VRC has finished cataloging + uploading over 35 images of works by conceptual artist Yoko Ono to MDID, which we realize is really not much considering her work spans over 60 years, ranging from sound pieces and texts, to works on paper, objects, "instructions", performances, videos...
...the list really could keep going.
These images were scanned from the volume Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wind Show – A Retrospective (Prestel, 2013), a catalog published in conjunction with the traveling exhibition of the same title organized on the occasion of Ono’s 80th birthday a few years ago.
It showcases the enormous diversity and influence of her work, particularly in the 60s and 70s as part of the avant-garde art movement, and also highlights her world-peace projects.
Want more Yoko? Check THIS out (maybe even literally at the Library)!
PHOTO: Works by Yoko Ono [The artist with her poster for the concert of "A Grapefruit in the World of Park," Carnegie Hall Recital, 1961; Photograph by George Maciunas], 1961.
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has organized a social media campaign throughout March to help everyone answer the seemingly simple question:
"Can you name five women artists?"
Sadly, even in 2016, this is still a difficult question for most to answer, even though 51% of visual artists today are women! That's why the NMWA, along with hundreds of museums worldwide, are calling special attention to the gender imbalance in the art world by sharing stories, stats, images, quotes and more about both living and past women artists with the hashtag #5womenartists on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
We encourage you to take the challenge/participate, and remember: SVA Library and MDID are at your disposal!
Here are a few of the MANY female artists we thought of first that are among our favorites:
Lastly (for now), we'd like to leave you with this great artnet article by Christie Chu:
10 Powerful Women Artists Breaking Social Taboos - And Loving It
IMAGES (L to R): Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-76); Lorna Simpson, Jet #12, '63 (2012); Guerrilla Girls, Do women have to be naked to get into U.S. museums? (2007); Graciela Iturbide, Cholas, White Fence, East L.A. (negative, 1986; print, late 1990s); Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field (1963).
As part of the VRC's goal to digitize a wide range of artforms by diverse artists, we try to find what's missing from MDID because more likely than not it reflects the very same artists that have been overlooked and underrepresented in the all-too-often exclusionary art historical canon, which unfortunately in many ways still perpetuates today as represented by the art market.
That said, below are just a few of the overdue additions to MDID of strong, awesome female artists:
We've added over 80 images to MDID of pieces by Cuban-born and American-raised Ana Mendieta, who described her work as "earth-body" art - combining performance and film with sculpture and land. A truly amazing and pioneering artist, who died tragically and all too soon, Mendieta has a remarkable life story that we urge you to explore if you haven't done so already. Below are just a few of the books we have on the artist in the library:
Unseen Mendieta: the Unpublished Works of Ana Mendieta (Prestel, 2008)
Traces: Ana Mendieta (Hayward Publishing, 2013)
Ana Mendieta: Earth Body: Sculpture and Performance 1972-1985 (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, 2004)
Where Is Ana Mendieta?: Identity, Performativity, and Exile (Duke University Press, 1999)
Not to mention we have a DVD of selected film works by Mendieta (New York : Electronic Arts Intermix, 2000) and so much more...
This past Saturday was the opening of FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life, an exhibition at the New York Botanical Gardens that focuses on Kahlo's interest in and engagement with nature and the botanical world. More than a dozen of her pieces will be on display until November 1st along with a recreation of her home, garden and studio at Casa Azul (now the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico).
Definitely a must-see this Summer!
IMAGE: Nickolas Muray, Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán, 1939. © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives; Courtesy New York Botanical Garden
Search for Frida's work in MDID
Just click the screen shots below and see what images SVA has to offer on the artist.
At the SVA Library
Search the VISION catalog to browse the array of books on and by Frida as well as films!