Saturday, May 30, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Artnews Women in the Art World

The June 2015 issue of ARTnews is dedicated to Women in the Art World. Since the 1971 publication in this magazine of Linda Nochlin’s seminal essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” we have returned repeatedly to the subject. Here we explore the position of women in the arts today, looking at statistics as assembled in an essay by Maura Reilly, who served as guest contributing editor for the issue, and asking artists of several generations to respond to those figures and her observations. Our coverage analyzes the stereotypes that women encounter and includes an edited excerpt of a recent interview of Nochlin by Reilly that appears in Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader (Thames & Hudson, June 2015). We suggest you begin by reading the issue’s Editor’s Letter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Life with Louise Bourgeois

To me, her work has a strong sense of "otherness" — beyond that of the theoretical "other."
"Louise was not into theory, though she was an intellectual. She was into flesh and blood, and about the way she felt about others, and how others felt about her. She always thought of her works as a portrait of a relationship. Louise wrote that she had access to her unconscious through her relationships with other people as much as she did through her art. Her creative process was an attempt at understanding herself in terms of the difficulty she had with other people."
Louise Bourgeois and her assistant Jerry Gorovoy in Carrara, Italy, in 1981. © The Easton Foundation.
"It's possible to see Louise’s work unfold in chronological order, but its evolution is more like a spiral that circles back around to the same theme, yet expressed in totally different materials and forms. She had no signature style, and she worked in many different mediums at the same time. A lot of artists are now working that way today. Early on I’d set up four pieces of hers at the gallery, and visitors would think they were viewing a group show and I would have to tell them it was made by one person. Even museum curators were wondering where she fit in historically. Her new work was as contemporary as anything being made at the time, even in comparison to a younger generation of artists." Full article here.

What Makes a Monster Books

Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine


Medusa was one of the most beautiful women in ancient Greece. Poseidon, the god of the sea, fell for her, too, and raped her in Athena's temple. Jealous Athena turned Medusa into a monster, her lovely tresses became writhing snakes. Anyone who ventured to look at her turned to stone - even after Athena's friend Perseus chopped off Medusa's head.

Monday, May 25, 2015

No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.” 
- Susan B. Anthony, 1872.

Witches of Eastwick

"So whaddya think? Women... a mistake... or DID HE DO IT TO US ON PURPOSE"-  Daryl Van Horne

Willie Nelson Blue Skies

Flower House

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Deadlines = Dorothy Parker

Portrait of the Artist

Oh, lead me to a quiet cell
Where never footfall rankles,
And bar the window passing well,
And gyve my wrists and ankles.

Oh, wrap my eyes with linen fair,
With hempen cord go bind me,
And, of your mercy, leave me there,
Nor tell them where to find me.

Oh, lock the portal as you go,
And see its bolts be double....
Come back in half an hour or so,
And I will be in trouble.- Dorothy Parker


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kiki Smith

SMITH: The women—I put them together because they have a physical relationship to one another. The women on pyres came from a photograph I bought, in an anonymous collection of photographs, from someone’s notebook in the late 1890s from Lyon. And it’s like early collage work from Victorian times, when people started having access to cameras and started making these collages. And this person made these incredibly wonderful collages—chopping this woman’s head off and then her decapitated head sort of rolling around. And then he also made these wonderful ones—of a woman kneeling on a pillow—and then he collages that with a pyre, these women on pyres.
And I was asked to be in a competition last year, or two years ago, for an outdoor sculpture. And I spent a lot of time trying to do it, but I wasn’t good at doing it. And I decided that I didn’t want to make public sculpture that was of other people’s agendas. I couldn’t do that. I can only do things that come from my necessity. And so, then I thought I wanted to make these women on pyres, like these commemoratives for witches. I was making, at the time, drawings of drowned witches, of them floating with their hair in the water. And I thought these women on pyres—that I wanted to make these sculptures and that they should be in all these towns in Europe, like, in each town.
There aren’t commemorative sculptures for witches in Europe. There was a tremendous amount of killing, and there’s little commemoration of that. And so, no one has needed it in their town yet. (LAUGHS) But you know, I just make them anyway. Their arms are out, like Christ saying, “Why have you forsaken me?” I had originally made some, where the pyres were out of metal, but then I just bought wood for it.

Art21 article here.

Collection of 18 prehistoric Indian artifacts (descodels or discodels) from Southern California, January 1904

Friday, May 22, 2015

Francisco Goya: Witches in the Air (1797-98)

The Scarlet Letter 1927

Lillian Gish

Similar but Different

The Crucible
The Trail of Joan of Ark- A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English

Will She Have the Power to Survive

Thursday, May 21, 2015

apples not oranges

Covens and hexes oh my!

Double, bubble, war and rubble,
When you mess with women, you'll be in trouble.
We're convicted of murder if abortion is planned.
Convicted of conspiracy if we fight for our rights.
And burned at the stake when we stand up to fight.
- Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell W.I.T.C.H.  1969

Nell Pickerell, also known as Harry Livingston

She was a young woman in her early 20s who lived by her wits. She could fight like a man, and looked great in a suit, tie and derby. She smoked, drank and ran with a rough crowd. She was reputedly close to the city's gang leaders and very familiar with the insides of a jail cell, having spent time there for theft, vagrancy, selling liquor to the Indians, resisting arrest and other offenses. She was jugged once in Portland for violating the Mann Act by allegedly transporting a woman over a state line for immoral purposes. The woman was her partner, a Seattle prostitute who "posed" as her wife.
Meet Nell Pickerell, aka Harry Allen, aka (sometimes) Harry Livingston, a cross-dressing troublemaker with a tough background and a penchant for getting attention.  Read more here.

kate lyddon

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Early 20th Century U.S. Marine Cotton Jacket

via Anonymous Works

Tala Madani

Guts, 2011, oil on linen
 Ice Cream, 2008

Three Witches or Weird Sisters

Orson Welles created a film version of the play in 1948, sometimes called the √úbermensch Macbeth, which altered the witches' roles by having them create a voodoo doll of Macbeth in the first scene. Critics take this as a sign that they control his actions completely throughout the film. Their voices are heard, but their faces are never seen, and they carry forked staves as dark parallels to the Celtic cross. Welles' voiceover in the prologue calls them "agents of chaos, priests of hell and magic." At the end of the film, when their work with Macbeth is finished, they cut off the head of his voodoo doll

Sunday, May 17, 2015

revolution from within

Andrea Bowers Sisters Be Strong, 2013

chris lux

“The Witch” 2014, Gouache on brown paper.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Joyce Robins

"Pale multicolor" (2002)
 “Blue Rectangle” (2002)
Hyperallergic article here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

3 Women

Nicholas Galanin- Silver Jackson

“Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter” (2012) (all images copyright the artist)
“Inert” (2009)
How would you describe the art of Native Americans? If you were unfamiliar with the field of Native American contemporary art then you might muse on woven rugs in rich hues, ceramic vessels, silver jewelry inlaid with turquoise, petroglyphs etched or painted on sandstone walls, and carved totems with animal motifs. However, it is not the whole truth of what is going on in the indigenous art world as recent exhibitions, including at the Power Plant in Toronto and Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York, suggest. Full Hyperallergic Article here.
aka Silver Jackson.

Studio May 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”- Oscar Wilde

The Crucible

Friday, May 8, 2015

Edward Gory Love

Dull afternoon. Ink and watercolor on paper. 5.5 x 6.8 in

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Daft Kuntz (Dawn Cerny and Victoria Haven), So Good It Could Have Been, 2012, silkscreen on paper.

A Girl Walks Home Alone

Frida Kahlo

Kahlo’s friends noted that the more pain she felt, and the more incapacitated she became, the more elaborate her outfits were.
Kahlo’s leg was amputated in 1953. She designed this prosthetic leg with embroidered red lace-up boots and a bell attached.

After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to handpainted corsets

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Similar but Different: Betty and Bellocq

E. J. Bellocq, Untitled. 1912

Sunday, May 3, 2015