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Art Fix Friday: December 2, 2022

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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.

For her first exhibition in France, Mickalene Thomas exhibits new works in conversation with Monet at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Mickalene Thomas: Avec Monet disrupts the history of French art which established the narrative that European art is white and puts Black women in the foreground: “The Black model was always present but was omitted from the conversation,” Thomas says.

One of Thomas’s works, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires avec Monet, a mixed-media composition, is a response to Claude Monet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. While Monet’s painting (itself a response to a work by the same title by Édouard Manet) shows light-skinned picnickers and sunbathers, Thomas positions Black women in the center. By celebrating her subjects’ beauty and joy, Thomas’s works in conversation with Monet’s paintings challenge the history of art and offer an alternative, positive representation for Black women.  

Front-Page Femmes

Artnews features six African American women artists who use quilting to tackle racism and sexism, including Faith Ringgold and Sonya Clark.

In the new building of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, more than half of the works exhibited are by women artists, an effort made to achieve greater gender parity.

A large abstract painting consisting of two canvases features colorful brushstrokes painted in a way that resembles a close-up of an Impressionist painting. The upper half of the painting is dominated by the color yellow, while the lower half has more blue tones. At second glance, the yellow color comprises not only yellow, but orange, lilac, and blue.
Joan Mitchell’s Wood, Wind, No Tuba, a two-panel painting from 1979; Credit Estate of Joan Mitchell, via The Museum of Modern Art, New York and David Zwirner

The New York Times reviews Joan Mitchell: Paintings, 1979-1985, an exhibition currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery.

Three Women Artists: Expanding Abstract Expressionism in the American West highlights Elaine de Kooning, Jeanne Reynal, and Louise Nevelson’s time spent in the Texas Panhandle, and the appreciation for avant-garde art in Amarillo.

Art in America highlights the works of Diné (Navajo) women artists who are fighting for environmental justice.

A group of Iranian artists created a public artwork on New York’s Roosevelt Island called Eyes on Iran, inspired by the women’s rights protest movement in Iran.

Monica Bonvicini’s solo exhibition I Do You at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin presents a feminist house of mirrors overpowering the masculine architecture of the museum.

Hyperallergic reviews the art of Suzanne Jackson, who combines painting and personal ephemera in her multidimensional works to evoke intimacy and memory.

Artnet interviews artist Sonia Gomes, the first living Afro-Brazilian female artist to have a monographic show at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in 2018.

Shows We Want to See

In Alabama, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts presents Boundless, an exhibition including installations by Lillian Blades, Ashley V. Blalock, Olga Lah, and Melissa Vandenberg. These site-specific works extend into the galleries, playfully engaging the visitor to explore concepts like memory, identity, consumerism, and notions of home. On view through February 26, 2023.

Letters written in Japanese calligraphy appear in black ink on beige paper. The shapes create dynamic movement on the paper. To the left and right of the black shapes are little red characters.
Murase Myōdō 村瀬明道, Breaking Waves in the Pines (Shōtō), late 1900s; Denver Art Museum: Gift of Drs. John Fong and Colin Johnstone, 2018.155; © Denver Art Museum

Her Brush: Japanese Women Artists from the Fong-Johnstone Collection at the Denver Art Museum presents more than 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and ceramics by women artists from the 1600s to 1900s in Japan. The exhibition explores questions of artistic voice, gender, and agency during times marked by strict gender roles and societal regulations. On view through May 13, 2023.

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