Go See this: Women Pop Artists

Dorothy Iannone (American, born 1933) I Love to Beat You, 1969-70. Acrylic on linen mounted on canvas, Courtesy of the Anton Kern Gallery, New York, and Air de Paris, Paris

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968 | Tufts University Art Gallery |January 27 – April 03, 2010

Rosalyn Drexler (American, born 1926) Love and Violence, 1963, Acryic, oil and paper on canvas, The Pace Gallery, New York

This is a much needed exhibition in the art world. One hears “Pop Art” and Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton and other men come to mind. What some of us may not know is that WOMEN were not only part of this movement, but were also highly influential. In the cannon of art history, women Pop Art artists have been ignored and forgotten until now. New scholarship by some of the nation’s leading art historians has brought the names and works of numerous women Pop Art artists to light. I found this exhibition thought provoking and enlightening because I was exposed to incredible artists of the Pop Art movement that I was not aware of for the most part.

The first part of the exhibition addresses male fantasies about women as sex objects with Marjorie Strider’s Triptych II (Beach Girl), 1963 taking the prize for the most eye catching work.

The second part of the exhibition address imagery of political and sexual violence against women and how women Pop artists depicted and challenged the status quo. Dorothy Iannone’s I Love to Beat You, 1969-70 has been haunting me in my sleep since I saw the exhibition. I can’t get enough of it.

The third part of this exhibition addresses the male stereotypes and images of masculinity. It features among other works, Marisol’s fabulous John Wayne, 1963 and Mara McAfee Marvelous Modern Mechanical Men, 1963.

The next two sections explore Pop Art strategies and new materials and new combinations. I learned a great deal about the women represented in this exhibition and now I’ve fallen in love with Rosalyn Drexler, Chryssa, May Wilson, Idelle Weber, Martha Rosler (LOVE HER!!!), and Yayoi Kusama!

I guess I’ll be busy for the next few months learning more about the lives and works of these amazing women Pop Art artists. In the meantime, go see this show, you’ll love it. I’d love to know what you think of these images or of the show in particular. Go see the show and leave your comment or tweet me.

Martha Rosler (American, born 1943) First Lady (Pat Nixon), 1967-72, photomontage, collection of the artist, courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

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