Museum exhibition

The Feminine in Abstract Painting

Joanne Greenbaum
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, USA
16 March - 15 July 2023

The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation is pleased to present The Feminine in Abstract Painting, Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag on view from March 16 through July 15 2023.

This group exhibition includes paintings by Etel Adnan, Candida Alvarez, Lisa Beck, Andrea Belag, Lecia Dole-Recio, Pam Glick, Joanne Greenbaum, Clare Grill, Mary Heilmann, Shirley Kaneda, Al Loving, Jiha Moon, Rebecca Morris, Jamie Nares, Pat Passlof, Sandra Payne, Erika Ranee, Miriam Schapiro, Peter Shear, Alan Shields, Amy Sillman, and Lesley Vance.

A catalog featuring Soft Power, 2023, an essay by Jennifer Samet and Painting and its Others: In the Realm of the Feminine by Shirley Kaneda, originally published in 1991 (Arts Magazine), will accompany the exhibition.

The Feminine in Abstract Painting explores the feminine through aesthetics, not identity or gender. These artistic choices, for example, being the utilization of an open-ended process and vulnerability. One must recognize the trauma of having works by women described as “feminine” disparagingly, as something an artist must overcome. However, through today's lens perhaps we can analyze and develop a richer understanding of the feminine, one that is not defined by success, or lack thereof. The show considers the historical basis of one's associations with the feminine and draws attention to how we determine what to categorize as such.

The painter Lecia Dole-Recio considers her abstraction political: “I think about non-hierarchical environments. That informs how I make work. If one thing is coming forward too much, you have to balance it by making another area a little louder... The ideal is not being required to define oneself as one thing or another, in terms of gender or sexual orientation. That is what I mean by ambiguity: something that is not necessarily explained to you right away.”

Jennifer Samet concludes, “I am compelled by painting that seduces, rather than declares, and this is a kind of ‘soft power’ I associate with the feminine. The space of desire between longing and having—which painting, particularly abstraction, ultimately represents—is its power.”

Imagined for the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation with care to contemporary gender discourse, The Feminine in Abstract Painting synthesizes six years of thought between Samet and Belag. Samet describes the feminine as a slippery concept, but a rewarding one, and worth the risk.

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