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10 Things to Know About Tamara De Lempicka

She’s been called “the Madonna of the 1920s,” “the Grande Dame of Deco,” and “the steely-eyed goddess of the machine age.” But until the 1960s, Polish-born Tamara De Lempicka (1898–1980) was all but airbrushed from art history. (Pictured above: Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti) by Tamara De Lempicka, 1925) It’s not that she lacked talent, admirers or buyers—she had plenty. The problem was with the Roaring Twenties’ art critics. She didn’t fit the mold and,…

We Stand with Women in Art

“We are not surprised,” begins a letter co-penned by women from every corner of the art world. Signed by more than 1,800 women so far, it includes appalling claims of being “groped, undermined, harassed, infantilized, scorned, threatened, and intimidated by those in positions of power who control access to resources and opportunities.” These female artists are making a stand against entrenched sexism and abuse in the art world. This letter, and the corresponding article, follows…

We’ve Come a Long Way Baby—Except with Abstract Expressionism

I recently visited a semi-major metropolitan city for an Abstract Expressionism exhibit. I was pumped for the art, but also for the chance to introduce my non-art-history-fanatic boyfriend to the first modern art movement to embrace women. We stepped into the special exhibition hall and I went into my customary manic art appreciation mode, rushing around the room and exclaiming in a hushed voice, “That’s a Philip Guston!”, “Check out that Rothko!”, and “This Clyfford…

10 Things to Know About Suzanne Valadon

Art history “brownie points” if you’re well-versed on the unconventional life of French painter and vivacious vixen Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938). Never heard of her? Chalk that up to double standards and antiquated notions of propriety. For the most part, Valadon (born Marie-Clementine) didn’t play by the rules. She was a free-spirited Montmartre Bohemian who loved and painted her heart out—not unlike many of her male counterparts. Put Valadon, a bold and talented artist who bucked…

10 Things to Know About Berthe Morisot

“10 Things to Know…” is a new series dedicated to righting HIS-tory by shining a floodlight on extremely talented, yet underrepresented, women in art. Some early accounts of art history leave out glaring details, like the fact that French painter Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was the only woman to show in the first French Impressionist exhibition. Or that, at one point, she was more successful than Monet and Renoir. Yet, if you ask strangers on the…

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