Fine art seems to be cool again thanks to A-list patrons like Jay Z and Beyoncé, Chris Brown and others. Now, an NYC gallery space is opening its doors to a group of artists who are immensely talented but underrepresented in the art world: women.
From May 5-28, the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City with be featuring an exciting new show titled "Art LeadHER," which will feature work from 15 contemporary female artists, all at different stages of their careers.
Art LeadHER will present a survey of new and recent work that embodies the multitudinous forms of female perspective: softness, struggle and pain, and a near-constant grappling with visible and invisible power structures.
Here are the artists who will be featured in the show:
Alison Mosshart is best known for her role as singer/songwriter for the Kills and the Dead Weather. She produces personal, responsive work.
Anne Faith Nicholls is a unique contemporary artist, illustrator, curator and collector whose work has been published and exhibited around the world. Anne Faith Nicholls's signature aesthetic, recurring themes, and narrative style have branded her a "neo-surrealist" of sorts. Inspired by her obsessions with travel and the subconcious journey within, symbols of love, fear, doubt, growth and renewal are intentionally placed for interpretation in each of her original paintings.
Angie Crabtree’s series of photorealistic oil-on-canvas diamond facets ranges from 24- to 64-inches tall. They achieve a stained glass effect through classic glazing, reminiscent of 17th century royalty portraiture. Titled with women’s names, each piece is created like a portrait, varying in cut, color and size. Crabtree graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
Diana Munoz, who goes by DCM, is a Los Angeles-based artist. Her primary medium is tattooing, a form which she translates into painterly and sculptural illustrative works.
Ingrid Baars’s unique style of photo manipulation merges photography, high-end fashion and traditional African sculpture. Using photographic software, Baars manipulates the light, texture and balance of her images to portray evocative scenes of female sensuality. She was trained at the Willem de Kooning Academy in the Netherlands and received the 1997 Illustration of the Year Award and the 2008 award for photography from the Art Directors Club Netherlands. In 2007, a monograph was published featuring a selection of her work from 2000 to 2007.
Karmimadeebora McMillan’s works are often abstract, featuring bright swirls of fragmented color. McMillan works like a collage artist, moving colored sticks and cutouts of her figures around her paintings, creating unsettling juxtapositions of sunny tones and dark themes.
(Photo: LaLa Abaddon via Art + Culture Public Relations)
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Kit King produces hyper-realistic oil portraits exploring identity, dimension, and the ephemerality of visual relationships under the aegis of a heightened sense of reality. Recent bodies of work have focused on light and shadow, and how these can alter the viewer-subject relationship.
Kristin Farr is an artist and journalist based in the San Francisco Bay area creating work in different media that address nostalgia, humor, and relationships between colors.
Lacy Barry is a multi-platform artist working in varied tactile materials and digital graphics to create immersive environments. Raised by artist parents in the Rocky Mountains of Western Canada, Lacy attributes the majority of her training apprenticing under her father, a signwriter and mural artist.
Lala Abaddon creates woven work of images rendered through a repetitive sequence of traditional analog photographic methods. Abaddon hand-cuts each print into hundreds of strips and then weaves them into undulating and complex patterns — a process that can take months. Many times her work is mistaken for a digital manipulation, integral to the understanding of its purpose of reconstructing historical notions of photography and weaving, and challenging what it means to create something solely for the purpose of creation.
Laurel DeWitt is a designer and graphic artist. She has designed handbags and accessories for international apparel brands. Her handcrocheted metal designs challenge classical conceptions of clothing with a diametric process and geometric patterns.
Meredith Marsone’s portraits evoke dream worlds; the subjects may be surrounded by butterflies or swallows, or with birds perched on their shoulders. In her latest series, fragments of figures emerge from colorful smears of abstraction.
Monica Canilao’s practice is dedicated to creating a living visual history of the personal and communal, rooted in modes of intentional living borrowed from native traditions and contemporary subcultures. She attempts to create a visual vernacular that resonates beyond individual differences, addressing the feral want of human connection, with others and the living world. She received a BFA from California College of Arts.
Sandra Chevrier’s series "Cages" is about women trying to find freedom from social normatives of femininity. Trafficking in the visual cues of comic book art that mask their very person, Chevrier critiques the false expectations of beauty and perfection as limitations erected against women, corrupting what truly is beautiful by placing women within these prisons of identity, effectively asking them to become superheroes.
Swoon is a noted street artist who has contributed to the Pop Art movement. She was born in New London, Connecticut, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. The artist’s real name is Caledonia Dance Curry. In 1997, Swoon moved to New York, where she obtained a BA in fine arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. One of her most recognized pieces is called Anthropocene Extinction.
Stop by the show if you're in NYC — you never know who you might run into there.
(Photo: Ingrid Baars via Art + Culture Public Relations)