To celebrate the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s major exhibition Women Painting Women, a thematic survey of forty-six women artists who choose women as subject matter in their works, Her Clique proudly presents a conversation with the museum’s Chief Curator Andrea Karnes and artists Jenna Gribbon and Marilyn Minter. Moderated by Alison Gingeras, the discussion focuses on female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of postwar figuration and the significance of placing women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront of figurative painting.
Women Painting Women is a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the late 1960s to the present. International in scope, Women Painting Women recognizes female perspectives that have been underrepresented in the history of postwar figuration. Painting is the focus of the exhibition, as traditionally it has been a privileged medium for portraiture, particularly for white male artists. The artists here use painting and women as subject matter as vehicles for change and range from early trailblazers like Alice Neel and Emma Amos to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel and Apolonia Sokol. Some, such as Jenny Saville, work on large canvases, producing images that dwarf the space around them, while others, including Somaya Critchlow, paint on a modest scale that invites close viewing. All place women—their bodies, gestures, and individuality—at the forefront.
Women Painting Women is on view at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth through September 25, 2022.