Art Fix Friday: April 12, 2019

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

This week, a team of more than 200 researchers released the first image of a black hole. The feat was years in the making and made possible by algorithms written in part by 29-year-old Katie Bouman, one of just a few women on the team.

Katie Bouman watches a computer screen excitedly as the first image of a black hole is created with the algorithim she helped write.
Katie Bouman watches the first image of a black hole being created; Photo credit: Katie Bouman Facebook

With a background in computer science, electrical engineering, and computer vision, Bouman has a passion for “coming up with ways to see or measure things that are invisible.” She may be in science, but it’s clear Bouman has the sensibilities of an artist.

Front-Page Femmes

Beverly Cleary, award-winning author of the “Ramona” series, turns 103 today, and Slate reflects on how she transformed her difficult childhood into heartwarming fiction.

French sculptor Claude Lalanne has died at age 93. “In a few decades, [she] created unforgettable and universal worlds where poetry and imagination speak to everyone.”

Artsy remembers the forgotten women who hand-painted the first color films. The meticulous work was seen as similar to “domestic, female-coded tasks like painting glass or china.”

Hyperallergic profiles the January 2019 gathering of 100 Black women, non-binary artists, and curators at the Art Gallery of Ontario, organized by Black Wimmin Artists.

The Art Newspaper reports on Art Paris, describing this year’s fair as markedly more feminist, but still lacking a clear identity.

A painting by Emma Amos of an African American man and woman dancing in the center of a green circle that is framed by a blue background. Around them other smaller figures--white, black, singular, couples, clothed, naked--dance in varying poses.
Emma Amos’s Let Me Off Uptown (1999–2000) sold for a record $125,000 at the Swann African American Art Sale

The latest sale of African American fine art at Swann Auction Galleries resulted in records for several living women artists, including Simone Leigh, Emma Amos, and Howardena Pindell.

Dazed profiles women surrealists and their contributions to the movement, noting that they “emblazoned surrealism with a new type of self-awareness never achieved by their male counterparts.”

Artsy examines how the biblical story of Judith beheading Holofernes “became art history’s favorite icon of female rage.”

The National Museum of Wales admitted its collections “embed historical injustice” after research showed that men dominated its recent exhibitions.

The National Endowment for the Arts celebrates 2019 Jazz Master Maria Schneider with a tribute video ahead of the April 15 Jazz Masters Tribute Concert.

Shows We Want to See

At the FM Center for Contemporary Art in Milan, The Unexpected Subject: 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy is on view—it is the “first extensive survey on the relationship between feminist movements and visual arts in Italy.”

Maria Lassnig: Ways of Being is open at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. It is the first large survey of the Austrian artist and includes more than 200 paintings, drawings, films, and sculptures.

At the Queens Museum, Alexandria Smith threads religious and African American cultural themes in her memorial installation Monuments to an Effigy, which honors the African and Native women buried—but never acknowledged—at the Old Towne of Flushing Burial Ground in Queens.

Sheila Hicks, VARMAYANA (The Place of Shining Light), 2018; Installation view at Poussières d’étoiles, Domaine des Etangs, Massignac, France, 2018
Sheila Hicks, VARMAYANA (The Place of Shining Light), 2018; Installation view at Poussières d’étoiles, Domaine des Etangs, Massignac, France, 2018; Photo: Arthur Péquin; Courtesy the artist and galerie frank elbaz

On April 13, Sheila Hicks’s Campo Abierto (Open Field) will open at The Bass in Miami. The show will explore “the formal, social, and environmental aspects of landscape that have been present, yet rarely examined,” throughout Hicks’s career.

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