Female Artists — Getting Their Turn






Julie Mehretu, the only living female artist whose work was offered last fall at Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale. Credit Anastasia Muna

Julie Mehretu, the only living female artist whose work was offered last fall at Christie’s postwar and contemporary sale. Credit Anastasia Muna

At the peak of her career in 1976, Georgia O’Keeffe refused to lend her work to a pivotal exhibition in Los Angeles, “Women Artists: 1550 to 1950.” It was one of a wave of all-female shows — some 150 — that decade to spotlight artists largely ignored by major museums and galleries. But O’Keeffe, the most famous female artist of her day, saw herself in a different category — “one of the best painters,” period.

 

 

 

Eva Hesse

Eva Hesse

 
 

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