The Denver Art Museum is showcasing a first-of-its-kind exhibition and you won’t want to miss it. Women of Abstract Expressionism, on view June 12−September 25, features 12 women artists who were often overlooked by an art movement defined by men.
The show is beautifully curated and designed. Not only were the paintings magnificent but the layout, presentation and storyboards helped to connect us to the artists lives. A well done short film of the painters in their studio brought us even closer.
Another stand out for me was Perle Fine. She may have been the only one that used collage or any added ephemera to her paintings. I felt this painting to my core and could have spent all day in front of it.
The obvious and most popular painters in the bunch, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler and Elaine DeKooning were jaw dropping gorgeous in their execution and scale of work. To stand in front of the paintings was an experience I will always treasure. Grace Hartigan, stunning work and one of my favorite quotes, ”
Of course many have said, “Too bad we need a show to separate the great women abstract expressionists from the men. Some day they won’t need their own museum but will hang equally side by side.” Valid point however, I enjoy seeing the female narrative separate from the male. I see the male all the time. To see the work of woman abstract expressionists stand alone in strength and innovation is a total win for all woman. The painters do what they do, they paint. They weren’t painting “female paintings”. They were painting themselves. I appreciate hearing them clearly as woman of their time, singular and strong with or without men beside them.
Go see this show, report back to the gallery after 5pm on any given night, we’ll open a bottle of champagne and share more photos.