Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents "Women Painting Women"
"Women Painting Women" is a thematic exhibition featuring more than 30 female artists who choose women as subject matter in their works. This presentation is the first of its kind and includes approximately 50 evocative portraits that span the 1940s 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 Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, and Emma Amos to emerging artists such as Jordan Casteel, Jennifer Packer, 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 real women - their bodies, gestures, and individuality - at the forefront.
Five themes trend in the works included in "Women Painting Women": Flesh, Nudes, Nature Personified, Color as Portrait, and Elusive Personas. Through these themes, the artists conceive new ways to activate and elaborate on the portrayal of women. Replete with complexities, realness, abjection, beauty, complications, everydayness, and joy, the portraits in this exhibition connect with real women, and they make way for female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the image of woman and how it has evolved.