After a six-month COVID-19 delay, Artemisia, a landmark retrospective exhibition of the work of 17th-century artist Artemisia Gentileschi, opens tomorrow at London’s National Gallery. The exhibition brings together 30 of the artist’s paintings in “a heroic act of resurrection by curator Letizia Treves.”
A pioneering painter in an age that dismissed women artists, Gentileschi “claimed women’s resistance of sexual oppression as a legitimate subject of art.” A feature in the New Yorker examines new scholarship that rejects the idea that her work was solely defined by her status as a rape survivor and instead advocates for celebrating “her rich harnessing of motherhood, passion, and ambition.”
The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation will disperse $1.5 million in COVID-19 relief grants to artists and small art museums this fall.
American Craft Council Fellow Sonya Clark discusses her artistic practice and what she’s reading right now.
Artsy profiles Turkish female artists demanding political action in response to the country’s rising domestic violence and femicide.
David Zwirner has selected Ebony L. Haynes to head a new gallery and curatorial program in Manhattan, led by an all-Black staff.
Marvel announces that Iman Vellani will star as Ms. Marvel/Pakistani American Kamala Khan, their first Muslim teenage superhero, in a forthcoming Disney+ adaptation.
The Paris Review’s “Feminize Your Canon” series highlights the work of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, her intense marriage, and her activism.
Shows We Want to See
At Britain’s Blenheim Palace—the birthplace of Winston Churchill—artist Cecily Brown’s new solo show features paintings that respond to the palace’s history. In an interview with the Guardian, Brown said, “Blenheim Palace seems the perfect situation in which to display images of a broken country, conflicted about its future and its place in the world.” On view through January 3, 2021.
Hiba Schahbaz’s Dreaming is open at De Buck Gallery, New York. The exhibition features large-scale figurative oil paintings that explore “themes of self-healing, emotional journey, spirituality, and the desire to create safe and nurturing spaces for women to feel seen and represented.” On view through October 10.