Upcoming Exhibitions

Sparkling Amazons: Abstract Expressionist Women of the 9th St. Show                                     October 6, 2019 - January 26, 2020

 

 
Sparkling Amazons presents the often-overlooked contribution by women artists to the Abstract Expressionist movement and the significant role they played as bold innovators within the New York School during the 1940s and 50s. Through the presentation of some 30 works of art alongside documentary photography, the exhibition captures an important moment in the history of Abstract Expressionism.

The catalyst for this project is the groundbreaking 9th St. show arranged by avant-garde artists with the help of the fledgling gallerist, Leo Castelli in 1951. The show became a pivotal moment for the emergence and acceptance of Abstract Expressionism. The artists of the 9th St. show had struggled to gain critical recognition having been shut out by museums and galleries due to the radical nature of their work. Of the more than 60 artists in the show, including many who were to become prominent figures in Abstract Expressionism, only 11 were women. This is the first time works by these extraordinary women will be brought together since the 9th St. show took place 68 years ago.

In the early 1970s, the preeminent editor and art critic, Thomas Hess, would refer to them as “sparkling Amazons.” These women would neither have viewed themselves as “Amazons” nor as feminists; they simply worked and lived as artists, pursuing their professions with the same dedication as their male counterparts even though the social stakes were much higher for them at the time. Several of the artists, including Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler went on to have distinguished careers and have found their rightful place in the art historical canon. Others, including Grace Hartigan, Perle Fine and Anne Ryan, enjoyed critical success. The remainder, Sonia Sekula, Day Schnabel, Jean Steubing and Guitou Knoop are yet to be fully recognized by art history, a fact that this exhibition addresses.

Member Preview Sunday, October 6, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Public Opening Sunday, October 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Curated by Associate Curator, Michele Wijegoonaratna, PhD.The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

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Support for this exhibition has been provided by the Katonah Museum of Art's Sparkling Amazons and Sponsors.

Mary Lou Alpert
Mary Barnes
Carol Bouyoucos
Inge Brown
Gail Bryan
Tina Davis
Vanessa Diebold
Judy Evnin
Michael Gitlitz
Marilyn Glass
Ginny Gold
Bob Grimes
Ellen Grimes
Betty Himmel
Stan Kogelman
Janet Langsam
Rita Landman
Katherine Moore
Vickie Morris
Debbie Mullin
Linda Nordberg
Yvonne Pollack
Sally Righter
Dyan Rosenberg
Mark Rosenberg
Rochelle Rosenberg
Linda Schoenthaler
James Snyder
Betty Stern
Judy Widmann

 

Image Credits:
Main image: Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957, oil and house paint on canvas, 92 3/4 × 203 7/8 in. (235.6 × 517.8 cm), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Frances and Sydney Lewis by exchange, the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee 87.7 © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation/Artist Rights Society (ARS).

Elaine de Kooning, Bullfight, 1959, 77 3/8 in. x 130 ½ in. (197.7 x 331.47cm) Denver Art Museum Collection: Vane H. Kirkland Acquisition Fund, 2012.300 © Elaine de Kooning Trust Photography courtesy of the Denver Art Museum.

 

Rotem Reshef: ArcadiaOctober 6, 2019 – January 26, 2020
 
In Arcadia, Israeli artist Rotem Reshef has collected organic materials, some from the KMA grounds, to paint monumental rolls of unstretched canvas that are suspended from the walls.The marks and vibrant palette which saturate the entire surface reference the natural world, and the gesture of pouring paint reveals her unconventional artistic process that filters and redefines abstraction and expression.

Member Preview Sunday, October 6, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Public Opening Sunday, October 6, 2:00 – 5:00 PM

 

 

Bisa ButlerMarch 15 - June 14, 2020

Bisa Butler. Black Star Family, first class tickets to Liberia, 2018, Cotton, silk and denim, Private Collection, Saint Louis, MO

 

On March 15, 2020 the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY will proudly present the work of Bisa Butler. This will be the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s current work and will feature approximately 25 of her vivid and larger-than-life quilts that capture African American identity and culture.

Butler, a formally trained African American artist of Ghanaian heritage, broaches the dividing line between creating with paints on canvas and creating with fiber by fashioning magnificent quilts and elevating a medium hitherto designated as craft into one that is clearly high art. While quilts have historically been isolated in the history of art as the products of working women, Butler’s work not only acknowledges this tradition, but also reinvents it. Continuing with an aesthetic set in motion by artists such as Romare Bearden and Faith Ringgold, Butler forges an individual and expressive signature style that draws upon her own cultural background and experiences.